When will 5G be deployed? What will characterize networks in 2020 and beyond? What are the likely solutions and technologies that will come in to play? These are some of topics currently being discussed among operators, the supplier community, research institutions, standards bodies, trade organizations and governments. Examination of 5G requirements and solutions is basically an exercise in planning a network evolution plan that spans six to seven years. While past generations have been identified by a major new technology step, such as the definition of a new air interface, the expectation is that 5G will be approached from an end-to-end system perspective and include major technology steps both in the radio access network and the core network. These steps can be evolutionary, or they can be revolutionary by introducing a completely new concept.
This white paper examines the 5G market drivers, use cases, requirements, regulatory considerations and technology elements for the purpose of being considered for the further development of the end-to-end 5G system for deployments in 2020 and beyond.
This white paper originally published on 4G Americas website