Will 5G Be Game Ready by 2020?

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Friday, August 14, 2015 with No comments

What do the Olympic Games, mobile network performance monitoring, and 5G standards have to do with each other? Quite a lot. 


In the race to define 5G and its standards, and start building network proofs-of-concept that bring 5G visions to reality, the year 2020 is held up as a deadline. If operators, developers, and vendors can get their act together in time, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games is a golden opportunity to showcase what 5G can do.

The 2020 deadline was brought further into focus earlier this summer, when the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) established a roadmap for standardizing next generation mobile, using the label 'IMT-2020'. That roadmap includes important milestones like necessary spectrum being issued in 2019, FierceWirelessEurope reported.

IMT-2020 defines 5G as a network capable of transmitting data at rates up to 20 Gbps. At that speed, a user could download one ultra HD movie in 10 seconds.

The ITU-R Radiocommunication Assembly is expected to formally adopt the term IMT-2020 at its meeting in October, one more step in the timeline toward 5G.

But there's no need to wait until 5G becomes a commercial reality to deliver next-generation mobile services. What is needed: the next level of automation and virtualization to monitor and assure networks and the services they support.

Supporting that goal, Accedian's market-leading network performance monitoring and assurance solutions will be in play at the next three Olympic games (Rio 2016 Summer Games, PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, and Tokyo 2020 Summer Games), giving mobile operators the tools they need to step up their QoS and QoE game to wow the crowds with service performance.
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