Mobile Europe – 2018 predictions: Operators overhaul IoT approach as certainty grows on 5G

Unsurprisingly 2018 is expected to bring greater certainty around what 5G will look like.

According to Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of consultancy firm Northstream, the standard is now likely to come to market earlier than was expected a year ago as standardisation is making good progress.

Trials will not demonstrate anything spectacular, says Nordstrom, with the evolved mobile broadband use case being tested and capacity and throughput being increased “quite a bit”.

He says, however, that the industry will focus in on the 3.5GHz band, which he claims is the only feasible band for launches in the next five years.

“The reason we are saying this is technically you can use 5G in lower bands but it doesn’t really add that much benefit compared to 4G. So the point of migrating from 4G to 5G in lower bands doesn’t exist in our opinion.”

He adds that mmWave bands are also not yet ready for the mobility case, leaving 3.5GHz as the only band earmarked for 5G that can bring benefits in the near term.

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