TeliaSonera shares its view on 5G

5G must signal a fundamental change in technology that will have a major impact on how operators offer mobile services, and on the user experience.

5G must signal a fundamental change in technology that will have a major impact on how operators offer mobile services, and on the user experience.

Predicting the future of any business is always a challenging task. The telecommunications industry is no exception. There are a great many variables to consider that are constantly changing. Still, there are markers in current trends and history that can be analyzed to gaze into the future. To this end TeliaSonera has drafted a paper where it shares its view on 5G.

Read the position paper

- As a mobile operator we have a responsibility to our customers to make sure that our networks can meet the demands of the next big thing, whether that´s an application or an entirely new device. To build truly digital communities, we also need to extend mobile communications to new places and people. In this paper we explore some of the trends that we think are important when considering the requirements for 5G, the fifth generation mobile telecommunications technology, says Sverker Hannervall, Chief Technology Officer at TeliaSonera.

The paper defines use cases and scenarios based on a number of trends, and looks at how they might impact the mobile network, for example rapidly increasing video traffic, the need to always be online and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) communication.

Billions of things are expected to connect to networks and include everything from connected cars to buildings. M2M applications and other connected services offer customers greater convenience can save time and resources and even improve quality of life. But they also require more from our networks in terms of coverage, capacity, speed, energy efficiency and reliability.

Substantial research needs to be done across the mobile network architecture, both on the core and radio access networks, to meet future demands. As a result, TeliaSonera believe 5G must signal a fundamental change in technology that will have a major impact on how operators offer mobile services, and on the user experience. Furthermore, it is important for the industry to have a common view on what 5G is, so that our customers know what benefits they can expect from the technology.

- This paper is TeliaSonera’s contribution to the evolving discussion around 5G; we look forward to collaborating with the industry and our customers to find a common approach to the next generation mobile technology, concludes Sverker Hannervall.