Reading the signs: 5G is coming | EDN–5G-is-coming?utm_content=buffer9759f&utm_medium=social&

One in 10 communications companies claim to have deployed 5G technology already, according to a recent survey (see: With 5G technology, the time is now).

Some parts of the 5G standard are close to being finalized, but nothing has been ratified yet. 

Furthermore, many of the constituent technologies (e.g., mmWave RF, beamforming, MIMO, etc.) are either new or not commonly used. SDN and NFV are considered critical enablers of the heightened utility and expanded flexibility that will be hallmarks of 5G networks.

The industry has a learning curve to climb. The recent set of announcements can be considered an indicator that the industry is beginning to surge up that slope. 


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019
    From vapourware to reality

    Huawei has said its first 5G-capable phone will appear in a little over a year. The Chinese giant made the pledge at its annual global analyst summit in Shenzhen, southeastern China.

    The device will feature Huawei’s own 5G modem and appear in “the second half of 2019″.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    China’s 5G expansion plans threatened as ZTE is pinched by US export ban, trade tensions

    ZTE, the world’s fourth largest telecommunications equipment supplier, sets up crisis team as company faces challenge to meet orders

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Toward A 5G, AI-Centric World
    A look at the technology that will underpin the next big advances.

    5G is a Key Enabler of Data Generation. Higher communication speeds as well as lower latencies of access offered by 5G will be increasingly important in a world with a growing number of smart Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Each smart car for instance is expected to generate 4TB of data per day. With today’s communication infrastructure it is difficult to imagine even a fraction of such data being transmitted to the Cloud to support learning and analysis.

    Major U.S.-centric carriers as well as international carriers announced or reiterated 5G trials and expansion plans at MWC. Here are a few key updates:

    AT&T expects to provide 5G services in 12 cities by the end of CY18
    Sprint is preparing six cities for 5G deployments by 2019
    T-Mobile plans to build out 5G in 30 cities by the end of CY18
    Verizon is planning to launch 5G in up to five cities by the end of CY18
    China Mobile expects to start running 5G trials in five cities as early as 2Q18
    Swisscom is preparing to introduce 5G services at selected sites by the end of 2018

    Meanwhile, major international chipmakers including Qualcomm, Intel, HiSilicon and Mediatek reported progress on their 5G chipsets, and network equipment makers Nokia and Ericsson emphasized their readiness for 5G. While industry watchers are mixed in their enthusiasm for 5G, we expect to see meaningful deployments of 5G around the world by 2020, and 5G rollouts to accelerate from there with validation of new use cases.

    5G is a Catalyst for Smart Network Infrastructure.

    Progress in Mobile AI and AR/VR. Samsung launched its second-generation mobile assistant (Bixby) and its new AR emojis with its new Galaxy S9 smartphone. Arm showed demos of Project Trillium, which is a mobile AI platform for machine learning in Edge devices. Google announced general availability of ARCore 1.0, which allows developers to write AR apps for smartphones. And, Microsoft recently announced Windows Mixed Reality, which allows developers to mix physical and digital content. These developments point to increased adoption of AR/VR.


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