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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.

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.

Are Connected Vehicles Ready for the 5G Revolution?

The connected car of the future is here, but it’s still evolving to meet customer demands. Steve Schwinke of General Motors discusses the current state of CV, its future and what CV will mean for consumers.

The Opportunities and Challenges of 5G Transformation

The transformation to 5G will require network agility as service providers seek to launch new services and bring them to market faster. Kevin Shatzkamer, VP of Service Provider Solutions and Strategy at Dell EMC, discusses the opportunities and challenges of developing a virtualized software ecosystem.

Autonomous Vehicles: Roadblocked or Ready To Roll?

What is the status of autonomous vehicles? What are the barriers to full AV deployment and how will the transition to 5G impact development? Experts from the automotive and technology sectors discuss the future of AV, and the next steps in development of this multi-industry disruptor.

As The Network Turns: Telecom Trends That Defined 2017

What were some of the significant industry movements in 2017? What did we learn and how can we use that knowledge? Will legislation speed or slow the move toward 5G? And what trends should we look for next year? Industry analysts weigh in with their predictions on this edition of TIA NOW.

Which Way To 5G?

Are service providers on the right path to 5G? Is there an alternate path? Dr. William Webb discusses his contrarian view of 5G development and deployment.

Supporting 5G: The Evolving Service Environment

Analysts from IDC including spoke with TIA NOW about the tough issues that the communications technology industry is currently tackling, which were covered at the TIA Connectivity Jam in Dallas, TX. These issues span from data management, edge computing, connected devices, network benchmarking and artificial intelligence.

5G: Antenna Design

5G antenna design will be vastly different as we transition from 4G to 5G. From the interface between the antenna and the radio frequency front end, the use of arrays instead of single antennas and the use of beam steering, just how different will it be? Here to tell us is James Kimery, Director of…

Cities and Citizens as Customers, with AT&T’s Mike Zeto

What is a Smart City? And what unique challenges are met when cities and citizens become customers? Mike Zeto, GM and Executive Director of AT&T Smart Cities, discusses what makes making cities "smart" - a broad and complex challenge.