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Defining 5G by Customer Need

The second day of 5G World 2017 saw keynotes from leading operators and service providers on working towards a 5G future.

CEO of BT Technology and CIO of BT Group, Howard Watson began the morning with a look at the present and developments we are seeing today in 4G networks. As well as London Tech Week, the week of 5G World marked the 180th anniversary of BT and they are still constantly innovating. He believes "5G will have a lot to live up to by the time we have fully enhanced our 4G networks."

Watson also urged the industry to work together and focus on the customer, rather than getting bogged down in the technology when developing 5G. "Research is collaborative and we as an industry really have to work together to deliver what customers really want."

We also heard from Hossein Moiin, EVP and CTO at Nokia spoke about the existing problems 5G will be designed to solve, namely in economics, new user demands and physical limitations. He also covered fixed wireless: "5G fixed wireless access overcomes a number of challenges" because it delivers a fibre-like experience and has very low latency.

Moiin ended on a positive note about the limits of 5G capability: "I can't tell you what 5G will do , but I can tell you it will have a significant impact... the limiting factor is our imaginations."

Hossein Moiin, Nokia, at 5G World Hossein Moiin, Nokia, at 5G World

John Baker, SVP Business Development, Mavenir spoke on thinking disruptively when developing 5G.

He stressed that much of the development of 5G networks will take place now using 4G to prepare for 5G. "We are demonstrating today that you can build 4G networks ready for 5G architecture." Another key takeway was Baker's insistence on open interfaces, otherwise we risk stifling competition.

Read more about the previous day's keynote speakers here.

Read more about themes across 5G World 2017 here.

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