One of the overriding messages which came from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this month was the idea that
There’s just one problem – no-one yet knows what 5G will actually be. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, described the uncertainty by comparing 5G to a painting by Pablo Picasso.

“I see something different from what you see,” Mr Wheeler said in a keynote at MWC. “I think that is where 5G is right now.”

However, while carriers around the world, including AT&T, Sweden’s Ericsson, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and China’s Huawei Technologies, are rushing to paint a picture of what they hope to see with the next generation of wireless networks, the latest standard 4G is still only just being rolled out in some countries globally.

These companies are attempting to define a technology that has peak data transmission speed of 10 gigabytes, quite a lot of more what 4G is offering. 5G aims to achieve a latency rate of one millisecond, which paints a potential future world where driverless cars will be an everyday sight thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).

But it’s too uncertain yet to make a guess about just how the standards will be changed by 5G or what that effect will have on 4G. One thing is certain though there will be changes and Cloud marketing and more flexible spectrum possibilities are just two of the services expected to be pushed further under the new standards, alongside increased coverage in dense environments.

It’s expected this new standard will be rolled out by the telecoms industry by 2020.

Heavy investments have been made by leading telecom companies in a bid to outshine one another in the race to take control of the world of communication, and 5G is expected to change the whole tech environment.

Here in the UK, the multimillion-pound government-funded 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey is heading the charge.

“5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum,” says Prof Rahim Tafazolli, head at the Centre.

He now believes it is possible to run a wireless data connection at an astounding 800Gbps – that’s 100 times faster than current 5G testing.

The future of voice is all about integrating telephony with other services – messaging, video, apps, social media, on a one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many basis: exactly what IPX has been designed to support.

The growth momentum in International Wholesale Voice in the global market has been around IPX hubbing services.

At SmartIPX, we manage tools that enable our customers to leverage this Tier 1 operator investment, allowing our partners to focus on their customer experience in an IP anywhere and everywhere environment.

Talk to us today about partnering for growth – we have decades of experience in quick and efficient delivery. From the simple to the complex, 24*7, Out of Hours only, switch or network orientated, whatever you need, we can deliver.

Related content

Take a look at our “Future of 5G” thoughtpiece blog here: A Not So Brief History of Mobile Telephony

See our infographic about the major developments in mobile telephony here: Technology Timeline

or download our White Paper (PDF) about the history of mobile telephony.

We also cover 5G in our About Us Technologies section: The Future of 5G

Tom’s Guide also has a useful article on The Future of 5G.

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