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User Rank: Light Sabre
10/8/2015 | 12:18:09 PM
Re: Making History with 5G
Danny, thanks for the additional information and clarification of the 5G evolution.  It appears it truly is "disruptive" technology.  Exciting!
User Rank: Blogger
10/8/2015 | 9:26:18 AM
Re: Making History with 5G
Thanks for your comment.

To answer your questions, yes – we expect Cisco to be involved in 5G work. Our report focuses on the cellular radio network rather than the core or edge IP networks where Cisco's real strengths lie; we don't profile them in the report, but recognise they do have some relevant solutions. And yes – we expect Verizon to be involved early in 5G trials and tests – as a major, innovative integrated wireline/wireless operator with forward-looking ideas about vertical-market opportunities we would be amazed if Verizon did not play a significant role in 5G development work.

Many devices will need to change quite radically for 5G: the air interface (though likely to be based on the same underlying physics as for LTE) will be quite different – different modulation scheme, different frequencies, different signalling and a whole host of detailed technical changes. Some of these will evolve from the current LTE and LTE Advanced features, but there will need to be new phones. However, it's important to note that as 5G will serve very different markets with very different characteristics, we think there will be different types of "5G" modules with different chipsets underpinning them – for instance, many M2M / IoT requirements will be very different from consumer smartphone-type requirements.

Danny Dicks / Simon Sherrington (report co-authors)
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/7/2015 | 10:01:42 PM
Re: Making History with 5G
Danny, excellenet analysis and report.  A couple of questions:

1.  I notice Cisco and Verizon are not companies listed, are they expected to be major players?

2.  In the LTE context, in the development of the 5G, will the devices and consumer markets be able to adapt and evolve or will they have to switch to total new platforms?

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