Taking the industry on a journey

Set to arrive around 2020, 5G is quite different from its predecessors. More than a new generation of technologies, 5G denotes a new era in which connectivity will become very fluid and very flexible. Networks will adapt to the application, rather than the other way round. Performance will be tailored precisely to the needs of the user.

A combination of new and existing technologies promise to make mobile networks amazingly responsive, extraordinarily dense, blazingly fast, highly reponsive and very low power – as required by users. Supporting everything from ultra-fast broadband to rock-solid connections between mission-critical machinery in vertical markets, such as automotive, healthcare and logistics, 5G promises to make mobile networks and services far more agile.

As well as helping to shape 5G and evaluate its potential, the GSMA is exploring new business opportunities: Consumers will be able to transmit live 360 degree  video from their handsets, while vehicles, robots and drones will be able to continually exchange information. Anything of value could be connected and tracked. Indeed, 5G will enable a step change in the number of connections mobile networks will be able to support. Even conservative estimates suggest that by 2025,  the  number  of  Internet of Things connections will  be  more  than  double  the number  of  personal  communication  devices.

To prepare the industry for 5G, the GSMA is helping to shape the strategic, commercial and regulatory framework.  In particular, the GSMA and its members are exploring roaming and interconnection for 5G, and the identification and alignment of suitable spectrum bands, while inputting to the key standards bodies. As 5G is defined and refined, the GSMA will also work with its members to identify and develop commercially viable 5G applications.

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