5G should also mean 5X the number of industry associations, consortiums, research institutes and other groups tackling the formidable challenge of defining the use cases, spectrum and standards associated with the next-generation network.
It's for a good reason, however -- there is still a lot that needs to be worked out over the next five years before early 5G networks are expected to go live. But, it can be hard to keep track of too. (See LTE Paves the Way for the 5G Revolution, The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization , You Can't Spell 5G Without LTE and 5G: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?)
Lucky for you, readers, you don't have to. In a new Prime Reading feature, the Light Reading editors have done the legwork for you, outlining 12 of the groups that are devoted to planning the roadmap for 5G. (See 5G: Meet the Influencers.)
Included in the report are:
- 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
- METIS 2020 Project
- Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Ltd.
- 5G-PPP (5G Public Private Partnership)
- 4G Americas
- GSM Association (GSMA)
- CableLabs + NYU
- 5G Development Centre
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 's Wireless Networks Division
- 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC)
Head over the Prime Reading section of the site to get the breakdown on what the group is about, which companies are involved and how they see 5G evolving. Let us know if we missed any groups in the comments section, as it seems to be an ever-growing list.
— Sarah Thomas, , Editorial Operations Director, Light Reading