The post below is the executive summary of "5G Features: A Voyage Through Selected Aspects" by Marcin Dryjanski and Mateusz Buczkowski at Grandmetric. Download the full report free.
Mobile networks must constantly evolve to fulfill the expectations of the users as well as meet the requirements of the operators. With the new releases of the 3GPP specifications, there are multiple improvements and enhancements on top of the currently used standards. Some of these ideas do not fit into the scope of LTE, so a new generation is about to be specified. All those new technologies are gathered under the term “5G”. There are many different concepts regarding the shape of the upcoming generation. Some early ideas were left out, but others have become a crucial part of 5G.
This Guidepaper starts with the introduction and short explanation of the buzzwords related to 5G, in particular to the air interface and the networking of the new generation. We will introduce the subjects like millimeter Waves, Massive MIMO, Software Defined Networking and many more. Then, selected 3GPP Release 15 Study- and Work Items are presented, covering the concepts discussed for the 5G and the New Radio.
Next chapters focus on specific aspects of the 5G, namely Core Network and its overview, possible utilization of the satellites – what benefits can they bring and what are the use cases. This is followed by a discussion on how 5th generation networks can become more energy efficient and whether it can become a competition to the fixed access as the Wi-Fi. Will all the new features tip the balance in favor of 5G? The Guidepaper ends with a summary, which concludes all the chapters.