Launch of 5G Services face Many Political as well as Technical Hurdles

Published Date : Mar 18, 2015

For 5G services, the networks that will provide users an access to multigigabit speeds, to be successful, the entire telecom industry will have to re-evaluate how the networks have historically operated and have developed over the course of past many decades.

Before the technology becomes a reality, it will have to overcome multiple challenges from the political as well as technical sectors. The availability of such networks will mean a huge thing, but the course of hurdles in its way is even bigger.

The one thing that will decide the actual speed possible from 5G networks and the way the technology will turn out to be is the amount of spectrums allocated to these services.  If the services are to fall in the multiple gigabits per second bracket, which the technology’s advocates are already promising, operators will need a lot more bandwidth than is available currently. A first step in securing these possibilities of added amount of spectrums is anticipated to be taken at the World Radiocommunication Conference slated to be held in November this year at Geneva.

Network operators and equipment manufacturers are hoping that the conference will put aside for 5G at least 100MHz (Mega Hertz) portions of spectrum below 6GHz. This is comparable to the latest version of LTE spectrums that promise download speeds up to 450 Mbps with the 60MHz spectrum.

LTE was not formulated to handle all the variety of data traffic that are seamlessly needed to be carried by networks. For instance, the rising popularity of smart meters, connected vehicles, and constantly connected wearable devices has made the telecom industry to rethink about the overall specifications of LTE networks for making them more properly suited for specific applications. 5G networks will operate with this goal from right from the first day of its launch.