FierceWireless hosted the Next-Gen Wireless Networks Summit in Dallas last week. This event brought together top telecom industry executives to discuss 5G and next-generation wireless networks. The panel, “What’s next for 5G?” took time to reflected on 2018 and made predictions for what 2019 may bring, gathering an impressive group of experts to discuss the future of 5G.  

Talk of 5G dominated 2018

During this panel, the telecom industry’s leaders are discussed  5G and how it will impact the customer experience.

  • John Smee, VP Engineering at Qualcomm
  • Chris Pearson, President at 5G Americas
  • Sanjay Dhawan Vice President of Strategy, Network Products, and Solutions at Ericsson
  • Igal Elbaz SVP of Wireless Network Architecture and Design AT&T

5G is taking consumer experiences to the next level, some of which we haven’t even imagined what they might be. – John Smee, VP Engineering at Qualcomm

According to Intel, 78% of mobile data traffic will be video by 2021. With 5G it will take a mere 10 seconds to download Ultra HD movie on a mobile device.  

We’re creating a foundational and flexible network architecture. 5G is an exciting technology that will provide opportunities across many industries. – Chris Pearson, President at 5G Americas

5G is changing the world.

If 5G reaches its potential, there could be a $700B reduction in global healthcare costs by 2025 and an addition 10 to 20% in savings through connected health. 250 million commuting hours could be saved globally. We could see $507B in productivity gained from connected cars. The impact of 5G is and will be huge so it’s important that carriers and service providers alike properly deploy the infrastructure needed to support this technology.

5G will be a wide-scale reality

There is a very large deployment of small cells that have to happen in the next five years. Automation is key to making 5G work efficiently. – Sanjay Dhawan Vice President of Strategy, Network Products, and Solutions at Ericsson

Network densification is and will be a challenge

Network densification could shape the telecom industry for the next decade. To handle the increasing demand connectivity and rapidly rising data usage, wireless providers will have to deploy almost one million new small cells.

Standardization is accelerating the speed of deployment and bringing use cases online faster. – Igal Elbaz SVP of Wireless Network Architecture and Design AT&T

How companies will manage critical telecom infrastructure

Companies that deploy critical telecom infrastructure will need to streamline workflows, enhance productivity, and strengthen collaboration while deploying a high volume of critical telecom infrastructure assets.

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