5G Workshop, Rome 2016
At the plenary in Rome in September 2016, outgoing chair Alan Law of Vodafone and chair-elect David Orloff of AT&T hosted a 5G workshop. A series of presentations from operators and vendors, and inputs from the audience, helped validate the Forum’s approach to 5G migration, and add some new ideas too.
Key messages from the workshop included the importance of a flexible platform which can support a wide range of use cases – some of those highlighted included AT&T’s plans for high speed fixed wireless, and by contrast, a presentation from Cisco on ultra-low latency smart factory networks.
The flexibility also applies to underlying technologies and migration paths. Several participants pointed to the long life which is expected for LTE, and the need for 4G and 5G to coexist so that operators can adopt new technologies at a time to suit their business model. The stars may have to align to support full 5G adoption, as highlighted in a session from Parallel Wireless looking at flexible backhaul options, but MNOs may want to adopt technologies like virtualization at the 4G stage.