The fifth generation of mobile networks, more commonly known as 5G, has been far more di cult to de ne than have previous generations. Such 2G systems as GSM and CDMA were primarily about mobile voice services, while 3G rst introduced the world to mobile data. Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G then really opened the oodgates by enabling “true” mobile broadband services, which are now bene ting from advanced technologies, such as carrier aggregation, to boost speeds and capacity.
5G is the term used to describe the next generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE networks of today. 5G is also regarded as more than just a shift to a new generation of mobile networks. Indeed, as Andy Sutton, principal network architect at UK-based mobile operator EE, once said: “If we get 5G right, there won’t be a 6G.” That’s because 5G is not only expected to bring faster mobile broadband services. It is also set to underpin new use cases and business models for consumers, businesses, and industry – not to mention the Internet of Things (IoT).
- Converging Transport Networks for 5G Success: The ‘Anyhaul’ Imperative sponsored by Nokia