5G: Heavy Reading Weighs In

In a new Prime Reading feature on Light Reading, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown dishes on all things 5G.

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

April 6, 2015

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5G: Heavy Reading Weighs In

Say what you want about 5G hype, but there is no question that the time to invest in the technology and R&D to make these next-generation networks a reality is now.

Heavy Reading has been studying the potential for 5G for several years, but is stepping up its focus now as the global industry gets serious about 5G and works towards standards and commercial deployments. (See 10 Ways 5G Will Change Your Life, 5G: What Is It & Why Does It Matter? and Ready or Not, Here Comes 5G.)

To me, March's Mobile World Congress seemed to signal a turning point for the industry as everyone from operators to vendors to industry groups was talking about how to make 5G a reality by 2020, if not sooner in some parts of the world. The show was less about the hype and more about the very real challenges to overcome to deliver on the promises of 5G. A healthy dose of skepticism remains, but no one was denying that 5G is on the horizon. (See 5G Use Cases, Pre-Standards Groups Proliferate , NGMN Chairman Outlines His 5G Vision and 5G Visions Dazzle at MWC.)

Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown has been tracking the market carefully and recently attended the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Ltd. 's industry event in Frankfurt, Germany. He'll also be hosting our own Light Reading one-day conference on 5G in New York on April 14 called "Building America's 5G Ecosystem. (See Growth of the 5G Ecosystem.)

Make sure you register to attend "Building America's 5G Ecosystem" in NYC to hear from service providers and influencers that are leading the way to bring 5G to the US and beyond.

Light Reading caught up with Brown in between the two conferences to get his opinions on all things 5G. Head over to the Prime Reading section of the site to see our full interview with the analyst, which touches on everything from the 5G standards process to the use cases to the challenges and opportunities and more. (See Heavy Reading Q&A: Getting to the Heart of 5G .)

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Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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