Fresh from London Tech Week and the 5G World Summit, we consider the unanswered questions around 5G and ask: is the industry ready for the big push? In three exclusive blogs, we assess the many variables in the race to 5G.
Are we really laying the best possible foundations for 5G? While progress is being made in standardisation, trials, equipment and densification modelling, there's a growing recognition that technology readiness isn't enough. As the industry tries to clarify what 5G could mean, Simon Fletcher takes a look at why network readiness is equally important. More>>
Where 5G is concerned there’s a lot to be ready for: ubiquitous mobile broadband, massive IoT and evolved mission-critical communications at the very least. Some attendees at the recent 5G World Summit were suggesting even more categories for user demand, quite apart from how that demand will play out in terms of service evolution. And then there's the cultural changes the industry needs to undergo. For example, to what extent have MNOs streamlined their site surveys in readiness for the huge densification exercise that lies just around the corner? The pressure is on operators and vendors to meet increasing expectations, sois it time we all raised our game?More>>
In the same week as chairing at the 5G World Summit, Simon Fletcher also chaired a Techno-economics and Business Models workshop at EuCNC in Finland. At that workshop presenters did a great job of showing the huge variety of approaches that can be applied to establish 5G viability. Simon shares exclusive insight from both events. More>>
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