February 17, 2014
Last week, our second European 5G summit took place in Munich. As technology, policy and business experts put their heads together to define the next steps in this disruptive process, let’s have a look at some of the technical concepts behind this buzzword.
What makes 5G the next frontier of innovation for the entire mobile industry?
The 5th generation of wireless systems and mobile networks holds the promise of massive capacity and connectivity, along with an increasingly diverse set of supported services, applications and users.
It involves flexible and efficient use of all available non-contiguous spectrum for wildly different network deployment scenarios.
An adaptive network solution framework will become a necessity for accommodating both LTE (4G) and air interface evolution. Cloud, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technologies will reshape the entire mobile ecosystem.
The next decade promises breakthrough developments in several fundamental technologies that will be required for implementing commercial-ready 5G network solutions.
- multiple access and advanced waveform technologies combined with coding and modulation algorithms
- interference management
- access protocols
- service delivery architecture
- mass-scale MIMO
- single frequency full duplex radio technologies
- 5G devices
- virtualised and cloud-based radio access infrastructure
5G success depends on the entire ICT ecosystem and will be built upon global LTE success. ICT ecosystem innovation will also be a major driver in creating a bigger 5G market.
At Huawei, we believe that Europe has an important role to play in this collaborative process: as a hotbed of innovation, a fertile business environment and the home of standards, and as a part of this global ICT ecosystem.