We hear a lot about 5G these days as competition between network equipment vendors, operators and chipsets manufacturers is heating up to be the one to impose its views on how 5G should be standardized. But how fast can 5G be?
In the past 10 years, the processing and delivery of information to human being has been accelerating in an exponential way. Is it a good thing for us human beings and can we handle it? Are we going to drown in an ocean of e-junk flooding the Internet?
5G specifications are ongoing, and we discover little by little the new acronyms that we will have to remember. So after the BTS (Base Transceiver Station) in 2G, the NodeB in 3G, the eNB in 4G, here comes the gNB in 5G.
There is a race between equipment manufacturers, chipset manufacturers, carriers and standardization bodies to take the lead on defining what 5G will actually be. One of the hot topics is the choice of the most appropriate waveform and mutliple access method to meet the requirements of 5G.
5G is coming in 2020! Great! But wait, what is 5G exactly?
According to Wikipedia,
5G (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) denotes the proposed next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards.