MEETING RECAP: 5G
Author: Telecom Council Staff
The Telecom Council gathered at Qualcomm’s Santa Clara facility to discuss 5G and the various use cases that it may empower that prior gen technology simply can’t. The room was surveyed, and about half believed 5G could deliver on its promises by 2020, but the panel agreed that 5G won’t happen suddenly, but rather that we’d see incremental improvements to 4G in Releases 12 and 13 that make the final step towards 5G networks in Release 14.
Rasmus Hellberg, Sr. Director, Technical Marketing at Qualcomm offered us the three main value propositions for 5G, which were:
- mission critical connectivity
This category of uses will leverage the more thorough coverage, and higher end user bandwidth and speed of 5G.
- low latency uses
These use cases will leverage the single digit millisecond round-trip latencies in 5G to enable services like vehicle to vehicle communications and collision avoidance, through infrastructure like Mobile Edge Computing.
- IoT uses
Part of 5G will focus on longer range, lower power signals with longer sleep cycles and better underlying economics. Narrowband IoT standards in 5G will be preceded by earlier overlays on 4G networks.
The panel was well-rounded out with conversation from the audience, and panelists Shlomo Rakib, CEO at Cohere Technologies, and Amresh Singh, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development at Intel. Thanks for another great discussion.