The power of connectivity is transforming all industries and forward-thinking cities.
This digital transformation is driving the next generation of wireless access—5G—targeting commercial availability around 2020. Just as 4G/LTE technology enabled the explosion of smartphones, mobile applications, and mobile commerce, the evolution to 5G will enable rapidly growing, diverse services for both human and machine communications.
Since 5G builds on licensed 4G/LTE, benefits for low-power IoT devices will begin as early as 2017.
According to Ericsson, over the next five years: Traffic volumes on cellular networks will be multiplied 1,000 times, and 100 times more devices will require connectivity.
Over the next five years traffic volumes on cellular networks will be multiplied 1,000 times
The evolution to 5G will spur innovation, making cities more livable, secure, efficient, and responsive to citizens’ needs.
To support the diversity needed, 5G will include network slicing, which will enable connectivity services that are highly scalable and programmable in terms of:
Traditional cellular networks and their one-size-fits-all approach will adapt with new 5G frequencies to support thousands of scenarios, many different device types, and varying application requirements.
Characteristics of 5G technology that deliver city benefits include:
These 5G characteristics will spur growth in uses for wearables, augmented or virtual reality, remote collaboration, artificial intelligence, and much more. While commercial availability for evolved 5G is expected in 2020, test beds are starting in 2016.
AT&T and Ericsson are working together to help set the stage for widespread commercial and mobile adoption of 5G, and smart cities solutions will be a key beneficiary of this next-generation technology.
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