5G Network Transformation

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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.

INSIGHT: Telecom Industry Must Develop Trustworthy 5G Equipment Supply Chains

The telecom industry must do all it can to safeguard the nation’s telecommunications systems in light of coming 5G changes and pending federal rules, David Stehlin, CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association says. Industry has an opportunity to address supply chain security through industry-driven standards and programs. I may be new to Washington, but I…

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Supply Chain Security
Supply Chain Security

ICT supply chains are global, dynamic, and complex, therefore supply chain risk management works best through consensus-based, industry-led processes. Industry-driven standard-setting efforts and public-private partnerships also play key roles.

Bipartisan Bill Demonstrates Commitment to Securing 5G Networks, Says TIA

Arlington, VA (May 23, 2019) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued the following statement in response to the introduction of bipartisan legislation aimed at solving communications equipment security challenges. TIA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers, issued the following…

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Special Report: 5G in Real Life

What will define 5G is coming into focus. The need for an effective standards process, that will represent the varied stakeholders, is critical. TIA NOW discusses this process and shows a working demo of 3 future capabilities of 5G.

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Prolonged Government Shutdown Could Impact 5G Rollout, Says TIA

Arlington, VA (January 11, 2019) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued the following statement on the 20th day of the government shutdown. TIA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers said: “This government shutdown will soon be the longest in…

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TIA Moderates White House 5G Summit Industry Leader Panel Discussion on Standards

Technology standards are vital to the development of what our future has in store, including advancements to public safety and quicker access to data.

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TIA Policy Forum: Harnessing the Benefits of 5G, IoT and Next-Generation Networks for Public Safety

Emerging wireless and IoT technologies are providing more innovative solutions for public safety every day. To ensure reliable and consistent connectivity for these new solutions, robust public safety communications networks utilizing an updated wireless infrastructure ready for 5G is essential. Watch Verizon and the Telecommunication Industry Association conduct a panel with leading experts discussing how…

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Reaction to FCC’s Wireless Infrastructure Order

The FCC took action at its September Open Meeting to move forward with its Wireless Infrastructure Order aimed at streamline 5G deployment across the U.S. John Godfrey of Samsung, Jeff Marks of Nokia, and Dileep Srihari of TIA discuss the details of the FCC’s Order, what it means for wireless infrastructure build-out across the U.S.…

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TIA Says FCC’s Wireless Order Key to Deploying 5G

Arlington, VA (September 26, 2018) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and the FCC for taking action to streamline the deployment of wireless communications infrastructure across the country. “The FCC’s action today addresses key obstacles to deploying…

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The FCC Gets It – Investing in Infrastructure is Investing in Our Future

The FCC continues to lead on 5G, the next generation of wireless service, taking commonsense steps to provide consumers and businesses access to high quality, high speed broadband across the country, from major cities to suburban and rural communities.

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TIA to Host Live Video Discussion on FCC Vote to Streamline 5G and Wireless Infrastructure Across America

Arlington, VA (September 20, 2018) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, will host a livestream video discussion on the importance of investing in next generation 5G networks and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) wireless infrastructure rules, which are expected to be adopted earlier…

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TIA Applauds FCC Commissioner Carr’s Plan to Promote Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

Arlington, VA (September 4, 2018) The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded FCC Commissioner Brendon Carr’s plan to promote wireless infrastructure deployment. Cinnamon Rogers, TIA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, issued the following statement: "TIA applauds Commissioner Carr’s announcement of the important steps the FCC…

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