When And What To Expect From 5G Wireless


From 3G, to 4G, then 4G LTE, what’s next?  5G. Who knew it was even going to get better than 3G? 5G brings even more power and transformation to our already connected world. With much higher speeds and more capacity than we have ever experienced before, 5G is what we never new we needed. According to Glenn Laxdall, CTO, Ericsson North America, “there will be 29 billion connected devices and more than 100 million 5G subscriptions by 2022.” 5G is expected to be complete in 2018 and fully rolled out in 2020. Though three years away, it will be more than worth the wait and here before we know it, but how did we get here?

Where It All Started 

Many of us remember the days we got 3G on our phones, then 4G then 4G LTE. When 3G came about it helped make our smartphones practical for us – allowing us to watch videos, use the Internet and listen to and download music. We though this was as good as it was going to get, but then we were introduced to 4G. Our phones instantly sped up, there were no more lags while streaming videos or shows and everything was simply much faster. We were then introduced to 4G LTE. This truly turned our phones into mini computers because of the speed we could experience. It was like being at home on our laptops and getting the same Internet speed on our phones. Now that we are slowly being introduced to 5G, we are about to enter into a connected world we never would have predicted would exist back in our 3G days. 

Where We are Headed 

According to Investor’s Business Daily News (IBD), 5G wireless is expected to provide internet connections up to 50 to 100 times faster than 4G and give four times more coverage worldwide. 5G will also give us the capability to have networks of small cells rather than the towers we are used to seeing everywhere. This will allow it to expand its capacity since this generation is no longer just for the mobile industry anymore.

With discussion of 5G-powered drones, racing 5G toy cars and virtual reality headsets linked to another person, 5G is not just for mobile. Each carrier has different rollout plans and timelines that don’t all include rolling out to our mobile phones first such as:

  • AT&T: Connect homes in Texas with high-speed wireless broadband links
  • Verizon: Plans to bring 5G to market in 2017, but is unclear how
  • KT/Samsung: 5G technology in phones at the Winter Olympics in 2018
  • Nokia: Launch “pre-standard” 5G products in 2017 for home broadband, but do a full launch in 2020

Matt Grob, Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm, told IBD, “Chipmakers, network equipment makers and telecom service providers are investing heavily in the technology. With 5G, there are going to be more device categories.” For example, with 5G we can:

  • Download full-length movies in seconds
  • Use virtual reality to test drive a car or view a home we are looking to purchase
  • Have remote monitoring of EKG’s or blood pressure monitors
  • Use smart traffic signals

Adam Koeppe, vice president of technology planning at Verizon, describes the future of 5G perfectly: "Where 5G fits into the Internet of Things (IoT) equation is scale. IoT will be about tens of billions of devices connected to the network. When you think of truly connected societies — traffic lights, stop signs, parking meters and everything within a city connected and interacting with itself — that's where 5G comes into play."

How 5G Will Affect Your Business

Years from now we will be far past 5G, just like we are far past the 3G that existed years ago. This is a great progression for businesses and consumers, but it can be hard for businesses to keep up with the ever-changing technology. Businesses should continue to stay on top or ahead of the “trends” in technology so they don’t fall far behind and have time to understand the user experience ahead of time. Understanding technology from the user’s point of view will help your business even more to adapt to all the technology upgrades to come. As a business, embrace the changes and think ahead when it comes to technology, especially if you want to use 5G to its advantage. 

There are many benefits to the company of using a ‘white label’ provider to offer additional services to its customers.  Working with a partner to develop or deliver additional services includes:

·         Reduced costs (or none) of development

·         Speed-to-market

·         Learning new skill sets and market knowledge

·         Keeping focus on core offerings

·         Adding value to the customer

A ‘white label’ partner is often smaller, more nimble, and/or has a different core focus than the primary company.  If the company would like to deliver Security Services, but their core offering is around networks, they won’t already have security experts.  Some might argue that they need to build the offering themselves, but the go-to-market process for an in-house offering, often due to red tape and budgets, would likely be months if not over a year.  Another argument is that the service offering is already a proven commodity to the provider, with existing staff, who have the technical experience and the marketing knowledge to deliver effectively. 

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