5G is becoming more frequently a topic of discussion in Telecoms industry meetings and in Telecoms news. As many followers of ROCCO like to know more about 5G, we have filtered through recent news and commentary to give you the highlights of the discussions.
5G (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) denotes the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. NGMN Alliance or Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance think that 5G should be rolled out by 2020. They define 5G network requirements as:
- Data rates of several tens of Mb/s should be supported for tens of thousands of users.
- 1 Gbit/s to be offered, simultaneously to tens of workers on the same office floor.
- Up to Several 100,000’s simultaneous connections to be supported for massive sensor deployments.
- Spectral efficiency should be significantly enhanced compared to 4G.
- Coverage should be improved
- Signaling efficiency enhanced.
Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Acting CEO, Huawei Technologies said last week in an interview with Telecoms.com
As impressive as it is 4G can only support connections numbering in the tens of billions. In the era of IoT, the number of connections will reach more than 100 billion. Everything we see will be connected: our toothbrushes, sneakers, glasses, and watches, as well as the forklifts and robotic arms used in factories. The connection capabilities of 4G are not enough to meet this future demand.
Greater bandwidth. Existing 4G technology does not support the bandwidth required by holographic technology and other modes of communications emerging on the horizon.
Ken Hu also claimed.
Ultimately, the success of 5G will depend on the success of the entire ecosystem, one in which innovation will become the key driver behind 5G development market demand. Our ability to imagine the future is still quite limited, but we know it will be a super-connected, super-intelligent world. The doors to technological and business innovation have just begun to open, and we are at the beginning of the beginning.
Wikipedia reports it will soon be time for the next generation…
A new mobile generation has appeared approximately every 10th year since the first 1G system, Nordic Mobile Telephone, was introduced in 1981. The first 2G system started to roll out in 1991, the first 3G system first appeared in 2001 and 4G systems fully compliant with IMT Advanced were standardized in 2012. The development of the 2G (GSM) and 3G (IMT-2000 and UMTS) standards took about 10 years from the official start of the R&D projects, and development of 4G systems started in 2001 or 2002.