5G and the next Billion Mobile Users: A view from Africa

IEEE CTN Issue: December 2015

Continuing our occasional series on the role of 5G in the connection of the next billion wireless users we have invited Fisseha Mekuria from the CSIR Meraka Institute in South Africa to explain some of the issues surrounding next generation wireless in his part of the world. Fisseha worked for Ericsson in Europe and has collaborated with both Nokia and Huawei before taking on his current role. So he brings a unique, international perspective on our industry. In reading his article it struck me that 5G was in some danger of losing the next billion entirely because of a lack of affordable wireless access in its requirements.

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.

5G and the next Billion Mobile Users: A View from India

IEEE CTN Issue: October 2015

To continue our theme of 5G and social justice, we have left the developed markets of the US and Europe and traveled virtually to India. Our guide is Chaitali Sengupta, a colleague and friend from my days at Texas Instruments. Chaitali developed and sold a telecoms startup in the US before moving back to India to work in telecoms there. She brings many years of experience in the telecom industry to bear on the evolving markets in India and what they need from a new 5G standard. Hope you enjoy it. The comments page is now working so please go ahead and tell us what you think....