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New TIA Operator Survey: 5G is Being Driven by IoT and Need for More Capacity; Asia will Lead the World in Development

ARLINGTON, Va.-- (July 20, 2015)--In a new survey, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, offers a close look at mobile operators’ expectations for future 5G networks and services. The results of the survey provide valuable insight on where and how development is expected to occur, and more.

Growing mobile data demands from devices such as the smart phone, autonomous car, and smart home have required fundamental change from wireless networks and are spurring the development of 5G networks. 5G promises to extend the global success of 4G LTE to underpin new use cases, such as the “industrial Internet” and extreme mobile broadband.

TIA’s 5G survey is particularly important as the industry works to understand how 5G will be used, and develops performance requirements and business models. The survey looks at the following key questions:

  • What do the operators believe is driving 5G?
  • When are 5G commercial services expected to launch?
  • What frequency bands do operators expect to be using to support 5G?
  • Do the operators think the network architecture will be substantially different from that of today?
  • Will all 5G systems be interoperable and compatible?

Among the key findings:

  • Operators believe mobile broadband capacity (76 percent selecting this option) and the Internet of Things (74 percent) are the two primary drivers for 5G development.
  • Operators strongly believe Asia will lead 5G development (71 percent selecting this option), followed by North America (52 percent) and Europe (45 percent).
  • One-third of respondents expect their company to launch commercial service before 2021 and the majority do not expect full commercial service until after 2022.

The 5G survey results are included in TIA’s new 5G White Paper, which was conducted as part of TIA’s effort to provide essential industry intelligence, in conjunction with Heavy Reading, and sponsored by InterDigital.

The 5G White Paper is available for download by clicking HERE.

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