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Michelle
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2/26/2014 | 10:50:49 PM
For the machines
Hmm... Skynet has already gone online by now so we will definitely need the unknown power of 5G. How else will we regain control if not by way of creating a totally different standard? Skynet isn't really into mobile so we're probably pretty safe right now.
danielcawrey
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2/26/2014 | 3:35:11 PM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
1,000 times more mobile traffic!

100 times more connected devices than today!

I find these numbers extremely conservative. So hard to project where we are going, but I believe that we're going to see even more eye-popping numbers than that. 
Phil_Britt
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2/26/2014 | 8:13:13 AM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
They will certainly be touting 5G for a long time before it is ready. I don't know how many years we were stuck at 2.5G with 3G "just around the corner." The move from 3G to 4G was much faster. So perhaps the move from 4 to 5 will be faster still. Of course, as soon as we have it, we will be looking for 6G.
DanJones
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2/26/2014 | 7:56:48 AM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
Yeah, the ITU defined what has become LTE-Advanced as true 4G. Operators jumped the gun and are leaping before the gun is even out of the holster this time.
sfisher836
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2/25/2014 | 11:14:32 PM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
Bet on it. They're just dying to be able to claim they're the first 5G, the best 5G, or whatever, when there isn't even a technical definition of it yet! The marketers are driving the bus.
R Clark
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2/25/2014 | 7:19:24 PM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
Yeah, there's a big first mover disadvantage if you don't have industry backing.  People are now fighting over the remains of Wimax, the first 4G.
KBode
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2/25/2014 | 6:19:06 PM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
Wasn't 4G kind of established before carrier marketing departments got involved in an attempt to broaden it to include HSPA+ so they woudn't get caught in false advertising disputes? I can't quite remember the history and apparently I'm too lazy to Google it after a long day....
DOShea
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2/25/2014 | 6:12:00 PM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
Judging by the comments here, looks like the 5G tag is already a source of debate. As we know from 4G, the first to market gets to define it for a while, but perhaps not in the long run.
KBode
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2/25/2014 | 5:13:48 PM
Re: Countdown to the first commercial
Yes, if I recall correctly, there reached a point where anything that effectively operated at more than say cans-and-string speed was allowed to be 4G, yes? Is there anything cohesively holding this new standard to a more sensible definition? Such an interesting collision of engineering and marketing.
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2/25/2014 | 2:41:13 PM
Cringe
"I feel a cringe in the force." Love it!
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