5G Will Need Upgraded Backhaul & Fronthaul Solutions

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3Q 2018 | IN-5194


5G Is On Track


The year 2018 has been a signpost one for 5G. The 3GPP had an official sign-off for Release 15 (aka Phase 1 for 5G), which ratified a number of key features for 5G networks. Work is also accelerating for Release 16 (aka Phase 2 for 5G), which will be complete in December 2019 and will address the core network elements for the 5G telco.

On other fronts, the momentum for 5G is also well underway. South Korea carried out 5G demos at the PyeongChang Olympics and NTT DOCOMO has declared preparations for the full commercial demonstrations at the Tokyo Olympics is on schedule. Elisa in Finland and Estonia is one of a number of mobile service providers (Ooredoo in Qatar being another) to report having a “commercial” 5G network up and running. It is debatable whether one can have a fully operational 5G network without a commercially available 5G mobile handset or a Universal Serial Bus (USB) dongle, but that is a q...

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