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The Promises of 5G

Prior to 5G Asia, we hear from Ian Pattison, International CTO at Mavenir, about what 5G is promising and how it can be rolled out effectively in APAC.

Ian Pattison, Mavenir

What challenges do operators in the APAC region face in the migration to 5G?

Cooperation around common standards is one of the primary 5G migration challenges faced by the APAC region. China, being the largest 5G opportunity in the world, represents a particular challenge. Specifically, there is a danger that it will have its own non-standard country variants.

Standards ensure innovation and creation of a workable process while also gaining commitment for the commercialization and deployment of 5G against a common time frame. APAC’s activities in this area are instrumental in driving global standardization, allowing access to world-wide markets.

The region’s giants, like Huawei and China Mobile, are already making large investments in cooperation and standardization. As a thought-leader with the an end-to-end 5G portfolio, Mavenir make great efforts to work together with these market leaders.

Is the region on course to launch 5G commercially in 2020?

Based on our discussions and R&D efforts with Operators, there is every reason to expect that the region will have achieved significant commercial 5G service by 2020. This region is driving the market forward and intends to make that happen.

Will there still be a place for 4G in a 5G world?

Mavenir has already demonstrated that you can build 4G networks ready for 5G architecture., The 4G enhancement work we are doing now with Operators will serve as the core building blocks of the 5G services soon to come. Even given that, however, 4G will have its place in the 5G world for some time to come.

What is your key message at 5G Asia 2017?

The promises of 5G go well beyond high data rate, spectral efficiency, ultra-low latency, or massive sensor networks. The fundamental appeal of 5G lies in the fact that the entire infrastructure acts as a cohesive platform for innovative applications and is tuned to flex with demand - providing services tailored to their unique characteristics. We are working towards a fully programmable and interoperable framework in the core and radio resource management with Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), network slicing and cloud-based Radio Access Networks (Cloud RAN). To fully deliver the promise, we believe in open interfaces across the network through software defined techniques. Mavenir is committed to the innovation in and the standardization of the 5G architecture of the near future.

The promises of 5G go well beyond high data rate, spectral efficiency, ultra-low latency, or massive sensor networks.

What are you most looking forward to at the event?

We’re really excited about representing Mavenir and establishing our team as the thought leaders in the 5G space. We’ve got a lot to offer, and we’re looking forward to being an integral part of the high-energy discussion here at 5G Asia.

 Ian Pattison will be speaking on "The Gradual Migration to 5G" at 5G Asia 2017. Operators can register for a free pass to the event here.


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