Thursday, October 29, 2015

5G -- it's not about phones

Earlier this month, Frank Fitzek of the Dresden University of Technology spoke about 5G technology at SEMICON Europa 2015. 

Here's a bullet-point summary of his report:

  • 5G is not an incremental upgrade of 4G for phones
  • It provides infrastructure for management and control of Internet of Things devices
  • By 2020 there will be 50-500 billion(!) IoT devices connected -- most of these won't be smartphones
  • Today's interconnections are too slow, insecure and unreliable
  • 5G will require:
    • Software Defined Networks
    • Software Defined Storage
    • Software Defined Radios
    • High throughput
    • Unbreakable security
    • Low latency

Fitzek believes that all of these can be done, but it will require serious coordination. 

Here's a link to the article from EE Times.

5G Architecture diagram courtesy of Ericsson.

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