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Why 5G matters for your career

The Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering organised a webinar on “Why 5G matters for your career?” by Dr Rikin Thakker, Faculty at ECE Department, University of Maryland, USA. Dr Rikin is also an alumnus of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University. He is considered to be the world’s top 5G expert and has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications.

The session was held on September 5, 2020, from 09:00 to 10:35 am on the Cisco Webex platform for the students of BTech EC, Semester V, and VII in which 135 students and faculty members participated.

The session was mainly focused on the currently evolving 5G technology. The speaker covered topics like the need for a 5G network in the industries, drawbacks of 4G LTE, interesting statistics highlighting the opportunities for EC engineers in 5G technology, the basics of 5G and 4G LTE, the speed and features of 5G, the data rate from 2G to 5G evolution, the international standardization regarding wireless communication, which is decided by ITU (International Telecom Union) like IMT-2000 (ITU’s umbrella name for 3G), IMT-Advanced (LTE), IMT-2020 (Pathway for 5G).

After the presentation, the expert opened the session for Q and A and some interesting questions were asked by the students and faculty members. The students asked questions related to small-cell theory and concept, infrastructure for 5G, limitations of 5G, 5G in terms of a global network, the difference between wi-fi and 5G, etc.