Cradlepoint Report Shows 5G Transformation Coming Sooner Than Expected

Cloud-based solutions provider Cradlepoint recently released its State of 5G 2017 & Beyond report, and it shows the tremendous potential that this technology boasts. With Qualcomm claiming that 5G could ultimately be as “transformative as electricity”, expectations are certainly quite high. Verizon and AT&T already have trials underway in a dozen cities and have said that select markets will soon have 5G. As providers compete to be among the first to offer 5G, the initial timeline of 2020 has been pushed forward significantly.

While initial 5G deployments are expected within the next year, true wireless 5G is still a few years away. The first deployments, which are built on NSA architecture, only pertain to fixed wireless access and are meant to take the place of DSL, cable and fiber for last-mile connectivity to businesses and homes.

Within the next year or two, however, the worldwide interoperability specifications will have been outlined by global standards organization 3GPP and a new sub-6 GHz spectrum-millimeter wave combination will become available, which will allow network operators to provide that “transformative” true 5G we’ve been hearing so much about.

The Benefits of 5G

What improvements will 5G provide? First, it is expected to boast a connection density that is 10 times greater than what is available now, allowing for more efficient signaling in IoT connectivity. It will be able to accommodate 100 times more traffic than current offerings, and network efficiency is expected to be 100 times greater as network energy consumption is optimized using more efficient processing.

5G will also deliver latency that is as low as 1 ms, which is 10 times less than present solutions, and it will bring more uniform multi-Gbps peak rates thanks to experienced throughput that is 10 times higher. 5G will be able to reach more bits per Hz using advanced antenna techniques, allowing for three times greater spectrum efficiency.

This blog post was based off of an article from Cradlepoint. View the original here.

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