5G Mobile System Requirements Discussed at ETSI Future Mobile Summit

The recent ETSI Future Mobile Summit discussed the next generation of mobile technology which will be developed to succeed the 4G systems currently being deployed.

5G has yet to be defined, but some factors which will shape the development of 5G systems are already known. The fifth generation of mobile systems will have to achieve ubiquitous very-high-speed connectivity at reduced cost, and we are unlikely to see true fifth generation 5G systems on the market before 2020. But 5G needs to offer more than a faster 4G system. Data traffic will continue to increase dramatically over time, as will the number of devices connected to mobile networks, with probes, sensors, actuators, meters and machines contributing to this surge.

From a user’s perspective, 5G networks will need to be more available, dependable and reliable, offering increased speed, better throughput, decreased latency and improved device autonomy……at an affordable cost for users. The perception of infinite capacity, the dawn of a tactile internet with augmented reality and cloud services were also topics discussed during this summit.

To support the development of 5G technologies, the European Commission has committed EUR700 million to leverage industry investment in R&D between 2014 and 2020 and has announced the 5G Public Private Partnership programme to accelerate and structure research and innovation for interoperable 5G networks.

The ETSI Future Mobile Summit was also a tribute to the work of the 3GPP standardization group. ETSI celebrated the 15th anniversary of this project in the castle of Mandelieu La Napoule, France, on the eve of the summit. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a joint initiative of six telecommunications standards development organizations, including ETSI as a founding partner, to pool their mobile system standardization activities, from GSM up to the current LTE-A.

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