While 4G is reaching maturity as a technology the industries great minds are already turning their thoughts to 5G. Ahead of the LTE World Summit and the co-located 5G Summit taking place at the Amsterdam Rai in the Netherlands next week on the 23rd-25th June 2014, we gather together the opinions on 5G from some of the speakers appearing at the event.
We asked each of the speakers the same question: compare and contrast their responses below.
“What, in your opinion, will truly define 5G?”
Eric Hoving, CTO, KPN
From a business model perspective there is much speculation about how everything will evolve on the operator side. For sure, if there is going to be a 5G there will be more people paying into the development than only the people that did it today [for 4G]. We can all contemplate about 5G from a technology perspective, but from a business perspective I think that the way it will happen will be very different that we think. From a network perspective we will need to make ultimate use of the thing that is really scarce—the frequencies—and there are many discussions that have to be had, and problems to be solved before that.
Yousef Abu-Mutawe, CTO, Zain Jordan
5G will bring a transformation of lifestyle for users and enterprises, moving to ultra-broadband data throughputs and to the unlimited diversity of services and applications. 5G will create the true convergence between the user and its device; between the employee and its enterprise, between the network and the cloud. 5G will expand the possibilities of what mobile networks can do and will boost the importance of the mobile to be the core element in peoples’ life.
Paul Ceely, head of network strategy at EE
The 5GIC discuss the ambition of 5G to give the perception of infinite capacity. For me, it will bring pervasive mobile / wireless connectivity. In the future there will be no question as to whether something – device, gadget, vehicle, building, road, factory – is connected, it will be a fundamental assumption and expectation that they are connected and that it is working. This brings lots of interesting questions to discuss such as sustainability, convergence of industries, reliability, resilience, content/services, and of course, capacity, speeds and spectrum.
Park Jin-Hyo, SVP & Head of Network Technology at the R&D Center, SK Telecom
I believe 5G should be defined in multiple dimensions including innovative change in network architecture and service as well as speed and capacity. We aim to deliver a high-speed, intelligent network, provide an enhanced user experience and an immersive service. To that end, SK Telecom is conducting R&D jointly with local/multinational manufacturers, government-funded research institutes and universities. Also, SK Telecom is the first to chair the 5G Forum, the government-led cooperative forum consisting of individuals from industry, academia and research.
Dr Shahram G Niri, General Manager, (5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey
5G has to be an e2e system – not just a new air interface and eco-system, that will serve the wide variety and variability of demand and services that can be expected by 2020 and beyond. It will support use cases envisaged today but it has also to be able to support the “unforeseeable”. That will make the difference and the step change compared to existing technology. 5G will take advantage of current technology trends and will transform the communication networks we see today. Ultimately 5G has to enable seamless experiences and a high degree of fixed/mobile integration.
5G is meant to create and deliver ubiquitous communication infrastructures that will exceed by far the current user experience. 5G will create a secure, reliable and dependable Internet with a “zero perceived” downtime for services provision, offer a 1000x higher wireless area capacity, and reduce energy consumption for a service by 90 per cent, reduce average service creation time from days to hours and enable user controlled privacy.