5G Network Transformation

5g network

The next generation mobile network is about to take hold. 5G promises ultra-high speeds, low latency and increased coverage. Fit to build smart cities, power telehealth, drive autonomous vehicles, and flip the switch on high definition 4K video, the expectation is that 5G will provide gigabit speeds, sub one-millisecond latency, and the capacity to connect upward of 2.5 million devices per square mile.

5G is defined as the fifth generation mobile wireless standard based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard for broadband technology. At work behind the scenes of 5G are Millimeter wave bands (26, 28, 38, and 60 gigahertz) with performance levels as high as 20 gigabits per second; Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output - 64-256 antennas) with performance expectations up to ten times current 4G networks; and low-band 5G and mid-band 5G, which use frequencies from 600 MHz to 6 GHz.

As early 5G networks begin to emerge—some believe as soon as 2018—the entire ICT ecosystem plays a role. Moves are being made across the value chain, from chip makers to network providers to ensure broader, more ubiquitous availability.

5G is formed via a global standard that is agreed upon by all countries and all companies involved. One of the first such standards to emerge was 5G NR (New Radio) in December 2017, adopted by 3GPP. 5G NR attempts to standardize the way in which all carriers and network infrastructure providers build out networks.

On the spectrum front, as the demand for higher-speed necessitates higher frequency spectrum (the millimeter wave range falls between 24 gigahertz and 100 gigahertz), network providers have been scrambling to find enough licensed spectrum. Maintaining wide coverage without the proper spectrum won’t suffice, thus prompting some to move to unlicensed spectrum. And with it comes the age-old issue of higher frequency leading to shorter range.

But 5G isn’t just a wireless discussion. It is also placing heavy demands on fixed-wireline networks. As these networks use much higher radio frequencies than today’s cellular networks, they carry larger amounts of data, but at shorter ranges. Enhanced usage of 5G will come in the form of adding many additional small radios or “cells” closer together—some project as close as 200 feet apart. And those cells must be connected to miles of fiber. 5G could usher in the era where wired and wireless networks blur through the adoption of ubiquitous technologies.

The coming 5G tide is ready to raise all boats across the broadband infrastructure. All players, from wireless to wireline, and from the cloud computing to virtualized technologies are positioning themselves for success—and working together along the way.

TIA’s working groups, business networking, videos and services are ready to help you navigate 5G and network transformation.

Nokia's Association with 5G
Nokia’s Association with 5G

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TIA’s Network of the Future Underscores Cross-Industry Cooperation as Key Factor to Accelerating Connectivity

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Brain Meets Brawn in the Edge vs. Cloud Debate

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The 5G Launchpad

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A Tale of Two 5G Cities

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Merging Onto the 5G Highway?

Sprint and T-Mobile recently announced plans to merge into one company as a way to help them keep up with the race to 5G. But will federal regulators go along? Jason Leigh, Senior Research Analyst for Mobility at IDC, joins TIA NOW to talk about their spectrum positions and what comes next.

Fan Out! Creating Immersive Experiences in Smart Stadiums

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The World According to 5G

The world is readying itself for a faster, smarter and more agile network - but is 5G transforming the global telco industry into an IT industry? Jacques Boschung is SVP of EMEA Global Alliances and Telcos at Dell EMC, and he joins TIA NOW to discuss global digital transformation.

Winning The Race to 5G

The race to 5G is on, but when and where will we see 5G first deployed in the United States? How critical will prioritization be to developing the first phase of 5G? Ron Marquardt, Sprint’s VP of Technology, joins us to discuss how the company plans to sprint to a first-place win.

Fujitsu and its 5G Future

How do you build a flexible digital platform that's open to co-creation, yet secure? Rod Naphan, CTO of Fujitsu Network Communications, shows us the company’s latest global digital solutions, platforms and services that prepare them for the digital transformation of the 5G future.

Evolving the Network for 5G

Much of what we'll need 5G to do in the near future are things the industry isn't ready to tackle, but there are a large set of requirements we do know about. Donyel Jones-Williams, Director of Product Marketing at Juniper Networks and Peter Jarich, Chief Analyst at GlobalData Technology discuss what needs to be done…

Network Slicing to Support 5G

One of the key capabilities that will allow us to build flexible networks on top of a common physical infrastructure is network slicing. As 5G continues to take shape, network slicing will become a fundamental technology enabling a wide range of use cases.