5 G show that continuous coverage and super-ultra-large capacity can be satisfied simultaneously, and that a single-user peak of 25Gbps can
be achieved. In addition, Huawei teamed with
Deutsche Telekom to perform a millimeter-wave
high-frequency test procedure and achieved a
peak rate of 70Gbps—an industry first.
Fixed Wireless Cable Substitute
Qualcomm’s announcement coincides with
its own development of a modem capable of
supporting 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on a single chip.
Rival chip maker Intel is also making a big
play for the 5G market after missing the boat on
4G LTE. Its new 5G modem incorporates 3GPP
5G NR—including low-latency frame structures,
advanced channel coding, and massive MIMO.
It says its goal is to support early trials “and
to lay a foundation enabling accelerated development of products that will support the 3GPP
NR specification and help drive global adoption
of the 3GPP 5G standard.”
The idea is that 5G will be transmitted first
to fixed wireless access in trial venues and
households as a replacement for cable and fiber optic services.
“This will be extremely interesting for providing next-generation, two-way, IP-based TV
services to a wider range of consumers whilst
minimizing capital spend/acquisition costs for
the operators,” says Ericsson’s Wilson.
After all, as Veale points out, “consumers of
broadband data care little how the internet is
connected to them but only that they get speed
and reliability of service.”
Cable giant Liberty Glob-
al is dismissive. Keynoting
Cable Congress, CTO Bal-
an Nair said the idea made
“no sense” and that the use
of higher frequencies was
challenging and that signif-
icant investment would be
required to make the tech-
Predications for Rollout
Cisco’s latest Mobile Vi-
sual Networking Index fore-
casts that by 2021, 5G will ac-
count for 0.2% of connections
( 25 million), but 1.5% of total
traffic. Cisco also estimates
that by 2021, a 5G connection will generate nearly
30GB per month, which is 4. 7 times more traffic
than the average 4G connection and 10. 7 times
more traffic than the average 3G connection.
According to analysts Ovum, more than 50
operators will be offering 5G services in close
to 30 countries by the end of 2021. The majority of 5G subscriptions will be concentrated in
a handful of markets, including the U.S., China,
Japan, and South Korea.
The GSMA expects 5G to have 1. 1 billion connections by 2025. Futuresource believes early
rollouts will occur from 2019 (possibly late 2018).
The pre-5G upgrades paving the way for 5G’s
introduction will advance network bandwidth,
flexibility, and capacity, and will see MNOs and
OTT players able to provide faster services to
more people and devices. Futuresource expects
this to be particularly relevant in two ways:
First, for the ways in which we access content
on the go, and second, for the way connectivity
will switch between devices, access technologies, and channels. “We’ll have a better indication of how services are planning when we see
these implemented,” says Veale.
AT&T is rolling out 5G this summer beginning
in Austin and Indianapolis. These will showcase
peak speeds of 400Mbps, which is still someway
short of the target 5G speed of 1Gbps.
Verizon is planning to get 5G to households
in 11 U.S. markets by the summer, again as a
trial. Five of these networks are being built with
Ericsson to demonstrate the feasibility of fixed
The 5G hype
was strong at
the 2017 Mobile
received an award
Contribution for LTE
Evolution to 5G.