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5G-Fifth Generation of Mobile Networks

5G-Fifth Generation of Mobile Networks

The communication technology landscape is dynamic and flexible, transforming itself to meet the growing needs of emerging customers. 1G was introduced in 1981 – and has since then progressed to the current standard in mobile networking, LTE-Advanced, popularly known as 4G.

Hindered by limited infrastructure and terminal platform requirements, the 4G roll-out is yet to achieve global penetration. And yet a more advanced 5G system is already in the works.

In this whitepaper we take a look at this journey, with the latest frontier being the commercial availability of 5G connections by 2020. 5G is adaptable to a reimagined network of devices—smart modules, toys, cars and medical equipment—comprising the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

Cisco predicts that 28 billion devices will have internet access by 2017, with a sharp increase to 50 billion by 2020.

The deployment of 4G systems are expected to be in place from 2018 - the expansion pathway, however needs to be both cost effective and environmentally friendly to remain sustainable in the long run. Some key issues covered in the whitepaper are:

  • Technical challenges - spectrum cost and security
  • Innovations from key players - AT&T, Samsung and ZTE
  • Possibilities in 5G development over the next decade