Each generation of mobile communication, from the first-generation introduced in the 1980s to the 4G networks launched in recent years, has had a significant impact on the way people and businesses operate. The next generation – 5G – is a technology solution for 2020 and beyond that will give users – anyone or anything – access to information and the ability to share data anywhere, anytime.
Mobile communication has evolved significantly from early voice systems to today’s highly sophisticated integrated communication platforms that provide numerous services, and support countless applications used by billions of people around the world.
The rapid growth of mobile communication and equally massive advances in technology are moving technology evolution and the world toward a fully connected networked society – where access to information and data sharing are possible anywhere, anytime, by anyone or anything. And yet despite the great strides that have already been made, the journey has just begun.
Future wireless access will extend beyond people, to support connectivity for anything that may benefit from being connected. A vastly diverse range of things can be connected, everything from household appliances, to medical equipment, individual belongings, and everything in between. To manage all these connected things, a wide range of new functions will be needed.