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Don't Even Get Me Started on 6G
BT's Neil McRae talking with Light Reading's Liz Coyne in Austin earlier this year.
BT's Neil McRae talking with Light Reading's Liz Coyne in Austin earlier this year.

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KBode
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KBode,
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11/27/2017 | 7:25:50 PM
Re: You Have Reached Your Destination
And then I remember when the ITU buckled to marketing departments and let them basically declare everything short of cans and string "3G." So yeah, these terms become even more meaningless as  they age.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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11/24/2017 | 5:06:52 PM
Re: You Have Reached Your Destination
These things are just buzzwords anyway. Yes, 5G may become the penultmate, but marketers need to give consumers and businesses a reason to upgrade. That's why they come up with these terms. That's why there probably be a 6G even if no one in telcom even wants it. 
Phil_Britt
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11/24/2017 | 11:04:30 AM
Re: You Have Reached Your Destination
The rush is constant...I wrote about the coming of 3G for many years (we were in 2.5 G for a looong time) before it became a reality.
NeilMcRae
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NeilMcRae,
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11/23/2017 | 1:27:09 PM
Re: BT SDN and White box hardware....
We have both live in the network today! So not sure why you say that!
NeilMcRae
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NeilMcRae,
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11/23/2017 | 1:17:31 PM
Evolution
Wow this is exciting! To clarify my point about 6G - I think we put the industry under unnecessary pressure when it comes to a new “G” . Why can’t we evolve and enhance technology constantly (which actually we do (see 4GPro for example! Or NB-IoT)). Of course the customer will drive what we do but right now I feel we haven’t helped our customers understand what 5G could mean for them so well and that means it may take a lot longer to reap the benefits.
KBode
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KBode,
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11/22/2017 | 7:47:46 PM
Gack...
Too fast! I've barely had time to digest the entirely unsunstantiated hype surrounding 4G and 5G yet. 
Registerreporter
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Registerreporter,
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11/22/2017 | 3:32:36 AM
BT SDN and White box hardware....
All very insightful but BT need to GET SDN and move to using White box hardware. Mentioning it in press and having it are not the same....
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11/21/2017 | 5:15:37 PM
Re: BT doesn't determine when 6G arrives
In BT's case, maybe delusions of empire die hard. But don't forget that Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom also seem to be bearish on 5G.
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11/21/2017 | 4:36:11 PM
BT doesn't determine when 6G arrives
The power to decide the 6G launch date doesn't rest with BT; it rests with the government officials of China or Korea. When they decide that it is time to launch 6G, then the rest of world follows, or be left behind.

5G is commerically launching in 2019 because that's what the Korean government officials have decided as the launch date of 5G, and the same will be true of 6G.
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11/21/2017 | 4:06:25 PM
4G was all-IP
That was a pretty crucial difference in how networks were designed and voice services delivered compared to 3G. Many carriers have taken advantage of that (VoLTE, RTC etc), a few have not.
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