5G is an opportunity for operators to move beyond connectivity and collaborate across sectors such as finance, transport, retail and health to deliver new, rich services. It is an opportunity for industry, society and individuals to advance their digital ambitions, with 5G a catalyst for innovation, Mats Granryd (Director General, GSMA), says introducing the new GSMA report titled: The 5G era: Age of boundless connectivity and intelligent automation.
Mats Granryd (Director General, GSMA). © GSMA
“The 5G era will usher in innovations that enable richer, smarter and more convenient living and working, making possible a huge array of new applications, everything from sensor-driven smart parking to holographic conference calls,” Granryd continues, “5G is an opportunity to create an agile, purpose-built network tailored to the different needs of citizens and the economy. But it is vital that all stakeholders work together to ensure that 5G is successfully standardised, regulated and brought to market.”
He underscores that 5G is more than just a generational step; it represents a fundamental transformation of the role that mobile technology plays in society. As demand for continuous connectivity grows, 5G is an opportunity to create an agile, purpose-built network tailored to the different needs of citizens and the economy, he continues.
Over 1Bn 5G connections by 2015 and five main goals
The report predicts there will be over 1Bn 5G active connections by 2025 and sets five goals for the 5G era: providing boundless connectivity for all; delivering future networks innovatively and with optimal economics; accelerating the digital transformation of industry verticals; transforming the mobile broadband experience; and Driving growth in new use cases for massive IoT and critical communications services.
Providing boundless connectivity for all: 5G networks will co-exist with 4G networks and alternative network technologies to deliver a high-speed, reliable and secure broadband experience
Delivering future networks innovatively and with optimal economics: All stakeholders will strive to cost-effectively deliver improved networks, relying on a combination of mainstream and alternative technologies, using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
Accelerating the digital transformation of industry verticals: The mobile industry will provide the networks and platforms to drive the digitisation and automation of industrial practices and processes
Transforming the mobile broadband experience: 5G networks will provide an enhanced broadband experience of up to 1 Gbps and below 10 milliseconds latency, and provide the platform for cloud- and artificial intelligence-based services
Driving growth in new use cases for massive IoT and critical communications services: 5G networks will support the massive rollout of intelligent IoT nodes for a multitude of scenarios, including critical communications services
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GSMA 2017 report.- The 5G era: Age of boundless connectivity and intelligent automation
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