5G, the next generation standard of mobile communications has entered into its initial requirements definition and research phase with commercial deployments expected to start around 2020. 5G will not just be an improvement to current mobile technologies, 4G/LTE.
5G is supposed to become the de facto standard for broadcasting and for connecting billions of devices and sensors opening the possibility for Communication Service Providers (CSP) to transform into Digital Services Providers (DSP).
It also promises to revolutionise our lives by transforming major industries from transport to energy and healthcare and by enabling futuristic services such as tactile Internet, driverless cars, remote surgery or use of holograms. That is why the development of 5G starts with the definition of its key use cases, and will be mainly driven by system performance and user experience requirements in the first place, says Mounir Ladki, president and CTO, MYCOM OSI.
As we start the journey of defining and shaping this major technology development that will underpin future networks for the next 20 years, I would like to provide a quick overview of the key requirements as they are expressed today and the fundamentally new and disruptive practices that will be required to operate and manage these future networks.
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