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Tech Talk: The Journey to 5G

In this Tech Talk, Sara Mazur, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research, explains the technology requirements for 5G to be a success.

With 5G – the fifth generation of wireless communication – we will realize the full communication needs for the Networked Society. It’s all about creating networks that are capable of being an agile platform for new applications, new players and new services. And 5G needs to be run and deployed in a sustainable and cost efficient way.

To be able to deliver on the use cases we see with 5G, we need to be able to manage a wide variety of new requirements – like the need to handle data volumes 1,000 times higher than now, and 10 to 100 times more connected devices. 5G should also be able to provide 10 to 100 times higher typical user-data rates, and allow 5 times lower latency. Another requirement that has a great impact on the user experience is the battery life of low-power devices: that has to increase by more than 10 times.

When looking at the use cases that will be addressed by 5G, it is clear that a wide approach is needed, addressing the entire network –including the radio and core network, the support solutions and the devices.

For all users – for industry, for society, for all of us – it is of utmost importance that all the requirements that I have talked about will be fulfilled before it can be called 5G.