SIG Sketchnotes – 5G: A Practical Approach


The first Joint Radio Technology & Small Cell SIG saw representatives from across the wireless industry come together to discuss the 5G network evolution. The high levels of industry activity, opportunities and technical challenges were intently discussed by industry experts, talking to the subject ‘5G: A Practical Approach’.


For me, 5G has seemed an ambiguous area of billion dollar research, developments and wireless innovation. However, keynote speakers from Huawei, InterDigital, Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, techUK and Tieto clearly conveyed how 5G plays a critical role in revolutionising mobile telecommunications for rising traffic demand, driven by the increasing popularity of smartphones, connected devices and predicted 1000x increase in data consumption.


The 3G/4G/5G blog by Zahid Ghadialy unveils thorough insight and technical details covered at the event. Below are some key points that stood out in the debate:

Firstly, the fact that 5G will not be a single “solution” and continuation of 4G, but an integrated combination of technologies. This includes evolving cellular efficiency, backhaul solutions, gaining access to additional spectrum and increased number of small cells.

Secondly, 5G performance should be uniform across the whole network, spanning city to rural areas, with high density small cell deployments emerging as a major area of opportunity.

Thirdly, There was a definite consensus that 5G requires a radically improved business model to meet the 2020 targets and transformative long term vision.

Finally, the scalable and interconnected 5G network will enable new services and capabilities that support optimum user experience. Offering cost effective connectivity anywhere, anytime.





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