Differentiating 5G fact from fiction

Author : Peter Spillman | Global Vice President of Product Strategy | Electro Rent

01 December 2020

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The impending rollout of 5G is something that the mobile telecommunications industry understandably has a great deal of optimism about. In the years ahead, it will enable an array of exciting new services to be offered to subscribers, as well as opening the door for a myriad of cutting-edge applications to be explored.

The full version of this article was originally featured in the December 2020 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

In addition, as Peter Spillman, Global Vice President of Product Strategy at electronic test & measurement equipment rental, leasing & sales provider, Electro Rent tells us, it will mean that mobile network operators (MNOs) can, through increasing reliance on virtualisation, cut their day-to-day running costs and boost their profit margins.

Over the course of the last year or so though, much of this seems to have been sidelined though in the media. Press coverage has often focused on other matters, such as how 5G is igniting an international trade war between Trump’s US and China. At the same time, it has also become a prime target for a range of unsubstantiated and spurious claims on social media. The challenges we have all faced over recent months have reinforced just how much we rely on mobile communications and their huge potential to enhance our lives – now it is time to return to the reality of 5G…

The road to 5G
Though the COVID-19 outbreak has slowed down activity in most industry sectors, the roll-out and testing of 5G networks has been continuing with very little interruption. Pilot schemes that started in the United States, Japan, South Korea and across Europe early last year are now being ramped up to full-scale non-standalone (NSA) implementations.

The progression from 3G through to LTE can generally be thought of as a series of incremental changes. This is not the case with 5G – it represents a radical transformation in how future mobile communication is going to be orchestrated. In the past, it may have been enough to simply look at continually pushing up bandwidth; 5G goes way beyond that. It requires a leap forward in technology that will also bring new challenges for network design, deployment and testing.

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