Light Communication as a part of 5G and Beyond

deepak solanki

With internet users growing by the minute, comes the great challenge of ensuring faster speeds and higher bandwidths. 5G, the next wireless revolution, comes as a solution that can cater to the endlessly growing base of users. But 5G infrastructure requires denser deployments of small cells within cities having high backhaul capacity. The fibre optic cables can meet this demand but rolling out an extensive fibre network poses deployment complications. Laying down fibre is time consuming and costly process and makes expansion near impossible specifically in developing nations.

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Taking LiFi mainstream

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Mainstream LiFi is just on the horizon. LiFi’s security, safety and bandwidth advantages make it the right solution at the right time. LiFi is a wireless technology that uses light rather than radio frequencies to transmit data. By harnessing the light spectrum, LiFi can unleash faster, more reliable wireless communications with unparalleled security, compared to conventional technologies, such as cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth.

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What is Li-Fi?

According to Wikipedia: Li-Fi (ˈlaɪfaɪ; short for light fidelity) is wireless communication technology, which utilizes light to transmit data and position between devices.

In technical terms, Li-Fi is a light communication system (hence based on photonics) that is capable of transmitting data at high speeds over the visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared spectrums. In its present state, only LED lamps can be used for the transmission of visible light.

In terms of its end use, the technology is similar to Wi-Fi – the key technical difference being that Wi-Fi uses radio frequency to transmit data.

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IoT and Li-Fi: Interoperability and business impact

Farid Bichareh

by Farid Bichareh, CTO AASA Inc – 01LightComm, IIC Smart Factory Co-Chair

In today’s World, the most important element of success for any business, industry or even person’s life is to be connected and have realtime access to the constant stream of data being generated by the environment, devices and processes that we interact with. This means that our World becomes data-driven to enrich our decisions and planning, and give us more control over our lives.

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