Getting ready for 5G means squeezing the most out of existing networks so they can co-exist with 5G. Customers may expect ubiquitous 5G coverage but in reality they’ll be using a combination of networks.
This paper explores optimising existing networks to get ready to co-exist with 5G. It discusses:
1. Current opportunities for enhanced use of carrier-grade WiFi
2. Smarter use of radio access at a user / application level
3. Enhanced use of real-time data for even more powerful user experiences
“Openet’s latest whitepaper ‘From 4G to 5G Optimising Existing Networks To Help Deliver On 5G Expectations’ does a really comprehensive stock take of the Operator Network. It looks at how various multiple core and access technologies such as 2G, 3G, HSDPA, HSP+, 4G, LTE Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro, 5G and WiFi collectively form this ‘Network’. It looks at how in becoming 5G ready, incremental approaches in enhancing coverage, speeds and quality become necessary to better utilize existing network resources. Without an incremental approach, Operators will face unnecessary outlays in capital and operational costs only to realize that past and on-going investments in their networks, especially in 4G and WiFi can be capitalized to a great extent to produce most of the outcomes intended of 5G.
But of course, this requires BSS capabilities that are able to ensure that different devices, different locations, different applications, different plans and different user behaviour are served differently in terms of connectivity, bandwidth and latency, hence enabling effective allocation of network resources such that for example, sufficient bandwidth is allocated for HD video and a user who is stationary for some time is automatically moved to the nearest WiFi connectivity.
Now that everyone is starting their groundwork on 5G and some have begun building out the network, this is a must read!
- Tara Neal, Executive Editor, The Fast Mode
“Just when you think 2025 will be just about 5G and nothing else, this whitepaper gets you thinking again. New networks can only deliver that much. Most of the remaining value comes from maximising every inch of your existing network.