5G will integrate new and existing radio-access technologies, rather than be based on a single breakthrough technology, and this will mark the next phase of a radically transformative global process – the connectivity revolution. And while it’s too early to know exactly what 5G will mean for individual players or industries, there is no doubt it will disrupt value chains and enable new opportunities on an unprecedented scale both within and across industries.
Spectrum availability and harmonization are vital to the commercial success of mobile broadband and LTE. This goal is not yet secured however, with different band plans competing for adoption.
China Mobile’s straight-talking Bill Huang, sees a fundamental change ahead in the way 4G is driven by operators
Time-division LTE (TD-LTE) represents China’s bid to take a global leadership role in 4G. However, TD-LTE is not only of interest to the Chinese. Other countries are also in the mix.
The rollout of LTE provides essential lessons in how telecom technology is marketed to consumers. 4G has become a very important advertising term, although it is more flexible that ever.
Decisions about frequencies are sometimes made as a compromise between different interest groups. This is an alarming pattern that could offset the benefits of global standards.