Is Anyone Out There? 5G, Rural Coverage and the next 1 billion
IEEE CTN Issue: November 2015
Today, most telecom players are ramping up their activities on "5G"; and, as for previous generations of cellular systems, there is an ongoing vibrant discussion about its critical, most important services and use-cases. New 5G-capabilities include radically higher bandwidths and lower latencies which its designers hope will enable virtual-reality, tactile internet, and control of moving things in real time. The industry generally focuses on capacity as the most crucial issue. This is technically supported by proposals based on more spectrum and dense deployment of base stations. All of this is extremely challenging and will keep the industry busy for another decade.