Typically there are 8-10 years between major standards. GSA confirmed that 4G enabled by LTE/LTE-Advanced had entered the mainstream in 2012. It is therefore appropriate for 5G to be discussed now.
The EU co-funded METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the 2020 Information Society) collaborative project started in November 2012 will help to set the foundations of 5G. Founding participants include telecommunications manufacturers, network operators, the automotive industry and academia. Its objective is to respond to societal challenges for the year 2020 and beyond by laying the foundation for the next generation of the mobile and wireless communications system.
From the wireless connectivity perspective 5G will most likely be realised by combining evolved versions of current wireless system technologies including LTE/LTE-Advanced and HSPA/HSPA+ together with complementary radio access systems for specific use cases.
5G brings many opportunities and challenges. Amongst them is that new spectrum will need to be identified and allocated.Join GSA Visit The LinkedIn Group