- Chapter 1: 5G Technology Primer and Glossary
- Chapter 2: 5G Timeline: The Reality of 2020
- Chapter 3: 5G Use Cases: What’s Hot
- Chapter 4: Top Communications Service Providers 5G Strategy, Vision and Real-world Progress
- Chapter 5: 5G, SDN and NFV
- Chapter 6: 5G Futures: Architectural Evolution and more Trials
- Chapter 7: MWC 5G Update
- Chapter 8: Featured 5G Vendors
2017 5G Special Report is also available as a PDF Download
5G represents a new generation of mobile networks and promises always-on connectivity with diverse capabilities, from supporting low latencies to high bandwidth. And while the radio technologies and standardization are still in progress and expected to only mature in 2020, there are signi cant e orts underway across the major communication service providers worldwide to roll out new infrastructure based on technologies like SDN (software-de ned networking) and NFV (network function virtualization) that lay the foundation for realizing 5G networks. This report provides a view of the top use cases for 5G including IoT, always-on broadband connectivity as well as augmented reality and virtual reality. We also provide a summary view of the 5G deployment status across the top 10 worldwide carriers and examine the role of NFV and SDN in 5G rollouts before we examine the future of 5G over the next few years.
Since 5G is still in development and in ux, instead of an industry report which includes our usual compendium of leading vendor products, we’ve decided to publish our 5G report as a special report that instead provides visions and strategies from some of the leading vendors in the space. If you have suggestions on how to improve our reports in the future, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.