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tHeMe: coNNectiNG WitH tHe cUstoMer 5G - The Quest for a Wireless utopia By: Maurice D'Souza, Solutions Sales and Marketing Manager, Huawei Technologies USA W alking around the halls at Mobile World Congress 2015, the talk of 5G - what it is and what it will provide - was rampant throughout the three-day conference. Many companies, research houses, and think tanks had their own interpretation of what to expect from this new era of wireless technology referred to as 5G. While the visualization of 5G is still in its formative stages, we have concepts of what it should be, what it should provide, and how it will enable enhanced connectivity for customers - whether human or machine. Why do we need 5G? While LTE provides ubiquitous data access and sufficient speed for human connections, as concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT) become reality, the number of connections required and the speed needed for establishing and tearing down these connections are critical. In addition, the expectation of access anywhere means that wires are not an option. With IoT, the number of connections required will be well over one million per square mile. In a future residential house alone, over 200 connections may be necessary, compared to just four or five in today's world. 5G networks will depend on the ability to communicate with over 100 billion smart nodes and, in some circumstances, within a very short period of time. Imagine total connectivity between toothbrushes, eyeglasses, prosthetic devices, running shoes, water faucets, stove tops, and more! Along with the enormous number of connections required, the speed of connections and network latency will be critical requirements. As in the case of machine-driven automobiles, 5G latencies will be of the sub-millisecond variety, which is around 50 times less than what is available today in 4G networks. We can unquestionably add higher wireless data speeds to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. 5G networks can achieve speeds of 10Gbits per second, which is over 66 times that of 4G networks. This speed and associated throughput capabilities become necessities due to consumers' desires to download movies faster, the growth of eHealth applications, the emergence of connected cars, and more. The requirements of 5G can be summarized as billions of connections, sub-millisecond latency, and over 10Gbits per second of speed. Yet, 5G is not revolutionary, it is evolutionary. It will give rise to many innovative applications, business models, and new industries. But how do we get there? The realization of 5G is not the vision of a single company, organization, or individual's work. Rather, it is the result of open collaboration between industries, investments in technological innovation, and evolutionary commercialization strategies. Prior telecom innovations were driven primarily by the carriers, the equipment vendors, and the standards bodies. As a result, a lot of vertical industries had to adapt to these innovations. With 5G, verticals such as the automobile, medical, and environmental industries will have a say in how, when, and where 5G will be implemented in daily life. Like with any wireless technology, modulation techniques for 5G are heavily debated. To date, three major players have offerings that could be adopted by The the industry. Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and NTT DOCOMO, Inc. are pitching different solutions as a means to achieve 5G. The Alcatel-Lucent offering is Universal Filter OFDM. Huawei is proposing a different enhancement on the OFDM wave form, which it calls Filtered OFDM, along with something called Sparse Code Multiple Access. NTT DOCOMO, Inc. is promoting its own Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access. However, this is a friendly competition because 5G will not just be in the sub6GHz frequency range but will encompass millimeter wave and embrace other technologies, such as Wi-Fi, NFC, and other technological innovations like virtualized architectures, new software models, and applications. New commercialization strategies to monetize the 5G investments are also needed to make this ecosystem viable. Strategies such as LTE-M from Huawei encompass 5G innovations that are leveraged in 4G networks to increase the number of connections to fully meet the demands of M2M applications. In conclusion, with the technological advancements of 5G, the ability to connect humans to humans, humans to machines, and machines to machines with necessary low latencies and high capacities becomes a reality. New businesses, applications, products, solutions, and services will be developed - all brought about by innovation in 5G wireless technologies and the quest for a wireless utopia. Voice * www.competitivecarriers.org * Fall/Winter 2015 25 http://www.competitivecarriers.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2015

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Jonathan Foxman
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2015 Excellence in Marketing Award Winners
Number Portability in a Mobile World
Mobile Broadband Brings Life-Changing Health Care Benefits to Consumers
WiFi: Keeping Consumers Connected to the Network, to Each Other, and to Your Brand
Spreading the Reach and Range of LTE
It’s a Mobile Life
Regional Carrier Cellular One Competes with the National Players by Taking a Customer-Centric Approach
5G – The Quest for a Wireless Utopia
Connectivity Leads to Smarter Water Management
Connecting with the Customer through POS/Retail Management Systems
Connecting the Mobile Customer through Innovative Roaming Hub Solutions
Building IoT for the Agile Operator
Wireless Hitting a Home Run at the Ballpark
A New Wave in Wireless: Innovative Strategies to Connect the Last Mile
Using LTE Small Cells to Improve the User Experience
What’s Trending in Customer Communications?
Nurturing Customer Connections in a Mobile World
How Multiple Phone Line Management Services Improve the Customer Experience
How Do Small Cells Fit into Wireless Networks?
Connecting with Customers Outside the Cloud
Whether Mobile or Fixed, Emerging or Established Markets, the Holy Grail of Innovation is Service Personalization
New LTE Service Delivery Approach for Rural Carriers
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA-14)

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