Less than 3 years ago we were talking about the gathering tsunami of LTE applications and the anticipated move of mobile broadband into public safety.
Now 5G promises to bring order-of-magnitude increases in experienced data rates and tenfold reductions in latency to enable enhanced and as yet unimagined use cases. Moving from a 3GPP study item in 2016 to initial launches in 2018, the path to 5G deployment is quickening.
Combining innovative RF techniques such as millimetre wave spectrum usage and massive MIMO coupled with the utilisation of mobile edge computing, the technology brings opportunities and challenges.
This paper outlines the current status of global efforts in 5G and its deployment, and highlights some of the challenges it brings, its potential uses and the opportunities it offers our industry.