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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.

The Road from 4G to 5G

Dr. Wen Tong, CTO of Huawei Wireless, tells TIA NOW the importance of working with other vertical industries to realize the potential of 5G technologies. Dr. Tong states the most important differentiators between the roll-out of 4G and 5G technologies.

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5G Obstacles: Spectrum

Steve Sifferman, President and CEO of Tarana Wireless talks about 5G obstacles in the higher spectrum bands. Sifferman talks further about lower spectrum bands to support a host of 5G supported applications. Sifferman tells TIA NOW what industry can expect from 5G technologies over the next 3 years.

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Regulatory Barriers to Investment – Post-Keynote Discussion with AT&T, Comcast and Verizon

In this discussion following their keynote panel at TIA 2016, service providers discuss the FCC's role in broadband infrastructure investment, addressing IoT from a public policy perspective and 5G spectrum policy and rollout. Joining us from the Dell TIA NOW Studio are Craig Silliman, EVP of Public Policy and General Counsel at Verizon, and Jim…

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Webinars

TIA Policy Forum: Global Perspectives on Trust and Supply Chain Security for 5G The Telecommunications Industry Association, the trusted industry association for the connected world, is hosting a policy forum featuring leading government voices from around the world. Speakers will discuss how countries are addressing security challenges in the 5G era, and the potential for…

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Industry Priorities

Transformation. In a word, it’s what every player in the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry faces today.

TIA Applauds Senate Approval of MOBILE NOW Act; Says it is Essential for Delivering 5G, IoT and More

Arlington, Va. (August 3, 2017) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of S. 19, the MOBILE NOW Act. Cinnamon Rogers, TIA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, commented: “MOBILE NOW is an essential ingredient for advancing modern connectivity and…

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TIA Applauds House E&C #SubCommTech’s Focus on Connectivity Issues

Subcommittee Hearing Today Affirmed Importance of MOBILE NOW for Advancing 5G and IoT Arlington, Va. (April 5, 2017) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, applauded the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for today’s hearing on mobile connectivity. “Facilitating the 21st Century…

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TIA Joins White House Initiative to Advance Wireless Research

Arlington, VA (July 15, 2016) – Following today’s roll-out of a new wireless broadband initiative by the Obama Administration, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced its commitment to provide technical and industry awareness support for the effort. The $400 million public-private Advanced Wireless…

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Approval of Spectrum Frontiers will Help Drive U.S. 5G Leadership & Innovation

Arlington, VA (July 14, 2016) - The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, commends the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for today’s adoption of Spectrum Frontiers, and says the plan will help advance U.S. 5G leadership. The rules open four new bands of high-frequency “millimeter-wave” spectrum…

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TIA Applauds FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Call for U.S. Leadership on 5G

Arlington, Va. (June 20, 2016) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded remarks made by Federal Communications Commissioner Tom Wheeler on next generation 5G wireless connectivity and the impending Spectrum Frontiers proceeding. “In order for the U.S. to continue leading the world…

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Title II Court Decision Means Industry Must Re-Double Policy Efforts

Arlington, Va. (June 14, 2016) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, said today that a federal court ruling on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality plans leaves in place inflexible regulations that will harm consumers and the U.S. economy. TIA CEO Scott…

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