5G investment to gather pace by 2020

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A new report by Signals and Systems (SNS) Telecom Research suggests that investments in 5G wireless technology will reach $5 billion per year by 2020.

Driven by government spending and vendor initiatives, R&D and trial investments will increase at a CAGR of nearly 40% over the next five years to reach the figure.

SNS also suggests 70% of this investment will be poured into large-scale commercial trial networks in early pioneering countries such as Japan and South Korea.

Evidence of interest in the new infrastructure is growing, with London mayor Boris Johnson making headlines in July when he promised to get the UK’s capital equipped with 5G by the end of the decade.

5G has not yet been standardised, a process which SNS expects to commence between 2015 and 2016. However, among the requirements of a 5G network, as defined by Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, are the ability to support data rates of several tens of Mb/s for tens of thousands of users and 1Gb/s for tens of workers on the same office floor.

The current platform, 4G, has gathered momentum in the last few years, with networks now available in 112 countries.

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