5G Mobile Technology: Enabling, connecting and empowering

2G, 3G and 4G networks is already the biggest mobile technology platform in history, and 5G technology has the opportunity to expand it even further by transforming people, societies, industries and everywhere in people's life.

Much more than higher data peak rates, Qualcomm envisions 5G as a way to enable new services, connect new industries and devices, and empower new user experiences. 5G networks will play a key part in creating the connectivity fabric for everything.

 

5G (5th generation mobile networks) denotes the proposed next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. 5G planning includes Internet connection speeds faster than current 4G, and other improvements.

The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance defines the following requirements for 5G networks:

Data rates of tens of megabits per second for tens of thousands of users;
1 Gb per second simultaneously to many workers on the same office floor;
Several hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections for massive wireless sensor network;
Spectral efficiency significantly enhanced compared to 4G;
Coverage improved;
Signalling efficiency enhanced;
Latency reduced significantly compared to LTE.


The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance feels that 5G should be rolled out by 2020 to meet business and consumer demands. In addition to providing simply faster speeds, they predict that 5G networks also will need to meet new use cases, such as the Internet of Things (internet connected devices) as well as broadcast-like services and lifeline communication in times of natural disaster.

 

Although updated standards that define capabilities beyond those defined in the current 4G standards are under consideration, those new capabilities have been grouped under the current ITU-T 4G standards. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the spectrum for 5G advances on July 14, 2016 with a 5-0 vote. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought to create an environment that will encourage technologies to flourish and to lead the world into the generation of 5G.