- 5G will provide communication capabilities far beyond current networks and support a much wider ecosystem with a broad set of use cases and applications.
- 5G is evolutionary – with the potential for revolutionary applications.
- 5G brings favourable economics by new technologies and deployment scenarios.
- 5G will come soon – first commercial 5G equipment will be available by the end of 2018.
- Work on 5G is not complete yet: NGMN activities will be focusing on key challenges for successful 5G delivery.
Members of the NGMN Board of Directors, representing operators from Asia, Europe and North America, conveyed the messages to the audience during a Press and Industry Briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, followed by a Q&A session.
Johan Wibergh, Chairman of the Board, said: “NGMN wants to cut through the hype around 5G and present a realistic view of the current status, as well as the work which still needs to be done over the next few years to evolve towards the full potential of 5G. The work programme of NGMN will continue to guide and drive the technical requirements of 5G, recognising that we are just at the start of the journey. NGMN will continue to support the development of a healthy ecosystem for all stakeholders.”