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T H E M E: 5G: T H E N E X T G E N E R AT ION The Evolution to 5G: Implementing the Next Generation of Wireless Networks By Dr. Patrick Perini RF Manager, Centerline Solutions T he evolution to 5G is on the wireless industry's doorstep. As part of an organization on the frontlines of implementation, we directly observe which technologies and approaches are being embraced by the wireless operators, and hence observe what is practical and likely to be implemented in 5G. The reality is that not all standards will be implemented. Groups like the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA), along with the major wireless operators, play a big role in determining the path toward 5G standards; however, these are not the only perspectives on the conversation and this article shares an integrator's view on the 5G debate. Let us look at the environment from which 5G is evolving and who is leading its definition. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is creating functional requirements for 5G, also known as IMT-2020. The requirements focus on improving peak data rates, increasing capacity, and improving spectral efficiency over 4G. While the ITU is working out the requirements, other standards bodies like 3GPP are continuing to evolve 4G radio technology LTE to support ITU requirements. The danger in moving to 5G, however, is that we may see fragmentation of the standard into competing standards like those that we had with CDMA2000 and UMTS-WCDMA THE in the 3G era. This competition would be a great disservice to the industry as whole, and it is important for all those involved to promote a unified global standard, as we achieved with 4G LTE. Imagine if WiMAX had been widely embraced only in North America and 4G had been split into two competing technologies across the globe. By establishing a unified global standard, we greatly increased the economies of scale for chipsets, test equipment, and infrastructure. This helped spur innovation, drive down costs, and encourage more network sharing and roaming between operators. Setting a global standard ultimately gives everyone more choices; operators have more deployment options, and consumers have more competing networks to choose from. The same leadership that embraced the 3GPP LTE standards, rather than the competing "homegrown" 3GPP2 UMB standards, is needed now as we evolve toward 5G. VOICE * * Fall/Winter 2016 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2016 Excellence in Marketing Awards
Next-Generation IoT: Revolutionizing Mission-Critical Connectivity
What 100 Operators Really Think About 5G
5G Is Here (If You Want It)
Five Trends Shaping the Future of Spectrum
5G, A Technology Vision
Cloud-based IP: The Way to 5G and the Internet of Things
Power Outages Don’t Belong in a Connected World
The Path to 5G: Challenges, Benefits and Endless Possibilities
The Evolution to 5G: Implementing the Next Generation of Wireless Networks
New Report Details One Year of Roaming Fraud Data to Add to Industry Knowledge
Better Data for Brand Evolution
Verticals: At the End of the 5G Rainbow
Over-the-Top International Wi-Fi Calling and Messaging
SmartCom Brings 4G LTE to Belize
In the Dugout with Kevin Cundiff, Creator of Retail Moneyball
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers.
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016