5G is unlike the previous generations of wireless – it’s an inflection from consumer to industry use cases. Ericsson predicts there will be 29 billion connected devices by 2022, with 18 billion of those being IoT devices. The Road to 5G will explore the new technologies in 5G and the cloud, associated performance requirements, and new use cases transforming businesses and society. Use cases for 5G will extend across three primary areas – fixed broadband access, mobile broadband access and the largely industrial uses of the Internet of Things. Within the IoT, there will be a focus on both critical machine-type communication, such as traffic safety and emergency healthcare, and massive machine-type communication, such as smart meters, smart agriculture and logistics, smart manufacturing and fleet management
To create one network that can support multiple use cases and multiple industries will require a shift in network architecture. This drives the need for next-generation technologies including massive MIMO radios delivering ultra-high-capacity, reliability, and low latency, distributed cloud systems, network slicing, and automation.
5G standardized New Radio (NR) uses advanced array antennas and processing technologies including beamforming and beam tracking. We look to the semiconductor industry to deliver cutting-edge components and technologies such as GaN, and silicon photonics as 5G systems will push the boundaries in multiple technology areas.
There is a lot of work ongoing to bring the standard to market and momentum is building. There is a big push in the industry to bring the technology to the market in late 2018 or early 2019 timeframe. Once commercially deployed, the uptake for 5G is projected to be faster than any other previous mobile standard, and will become a platform to serve the needs of the future.