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5G Approaches Tipping Point

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  • Experience gained from 2017 deployments of upgraded 4G networks will inform the launch of fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks, handsets, and applications.
  • Parts of the foundation for faster cellular technology will be laid in 2017, predicts Deloitte Global, which expects many carriers to incorporate the core components of 5G—the fifth generation of cellular networks—by the end of the year.
  • “About 200 networks will have components of the 5G architecture,” says Paul Lee, a partner and head of global technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) research with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
  • Because enhanced 4G networks—known as LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro)—incorporate many of the primary technologies of 5G networks, they provide a preview of potential 5G benefits, including multigigabit speeds, higher capacity, lower latency, and support for low-power, low-bitrate internet of things (IoT) devices and sensors.
  • At some point, LTE-A Pro and 5G could provide enough coverage, speed, and capacity to serve as an alternative to fixed broadband connections for households with low- to medium-connectivity requirements.

5G networks and handsets are several years away, but Deloitte Global predicts that tangible progress will be made toward the launch of the fifth generation of cellular networks in 2017. Upgraded 4G networks that rely on many of the principal technologies of 5G networks are being widely deployed and will provide a wealth of insight into 5G’s potential benefits and challenges.

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Experience gained from 2017 deployments of upgraded 4G networks will inform the launch of fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks, handsets, and applications.

Parts of the foundation for faster cellular technology will be laid in 2017, predicts Deloitte Global, which expects many carriers to incorporate the core components of 5G—the fifth generation of cellular networks—by the end of the year.

Even though 5G phones and networks probably will not be commercially available until 2020, tangible progress will be made in 5G in 2017, largely in the form of upgraded 4G networks. “About 200 networks will have components of the 5G architecture,” says Paul Lee, a partner and head of global technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) research with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. “They will provide a way to learn how 5G networks operate so that when they launch, there will be a lot of expertise already built within them.”

Because enhanced 4G networks—known as LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro)—incorporate many of the primary technologies of 5G networks, they provide a preview of potential 5G benefits, including multigigabit speeds, higher capacity, lower latency, and support for low-power, low-bitrate internet of things (IoT) devices and sensors.

“This reminds me a lot of the transition from 3G to 4G,” says Duncan Stewart, director of TMT research with Deloitte Canada. “We proceeded stepwise, and there were these 3.5G technologies.”

Greater speed and capacity will allow carriers to reduce the cost per gigabyte of data. In some markets, LTE-A is already delivering 1 gigabit per second and several other carriers are promising 1 Gbit/s speeds to some of their customers by year-end. As for LTE-A Pro, theoretical real-world speeds are up to 3 Gbit/s. At some point, LTE-A Pro and 5G could provide enough coverage, speed, and capacity to serve as an alternative to fixed broadband connections for households with low- to medium-connectivity requirements.

IoT is expected to be one of the most significant new applications for 5G networks. LTE-A Pro introduced specific support for IoT devices. It is designed to support a large number of low-bandwidth, low-power, sensor-enabled devices and allow signals to reach deep inside buildings or below ground.

In this TMT Predictions 2017 video, Lee and Stewart discuss 5G’s applications, benefits, and near-term outlook.

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