5G is the 5th generation of mobile network technologies that is being standardised by the 3GPP.
5G will include a new core network able to support existing 3G and 4G technologies, as well as a new air interface called NR (New Radio) that will provide much higher data rates and capacity, by using new high frequency bands (mmWave).
5G use cases can be broadly categorized into three main types of communication services:
- Enhanced Mobile Broadband: 5G will not only make smartphones better, but it will also deliver in new immersive experiences, such as VR and AR, with faster, more uniform data rates, lower latency, and cost-per-bit.
- Mission-Critical communications: 5G will enable new services with ultra-reliable/available, low latency links—such as remote control of critical infrastructure, vehicles, and medical procedures.
- Massive Internet of Things: 5G will seamlessly connect a massive number of embedded sensors through the ability to scale down in data rates, power and mobility to provide extremely lean/low-cost solutions.
As the latest evolution of LTE (3GPP Release 13 and beyond), LTE Advanced Pro provides today some key features that will be part of 5G, such as:
- Massive MIMO and 3D beamforming
- Carrier aggregation