January 3, 2017 —
5G will see some real, tangible metrics in 2017. For one, network slicing will start to appear but not before capacity and reporting tools, which are key for spectrum planning and management, get traction.
Next-generation devices will begin to use multiple networks simultaneously, shifting data traffic seamlessly as network connectivity as changes occur in capacity, resource availability and mobility. In parallel, a new generation of wireless networks will begin to adapt to user demand by shifting capacity to where it is needed. This will be one of the most important elements of 5G – the ability to intelligently manage bandwidth.
Look for the emergence of the nearly-invisible unification of different wireless networks and always-on, high-capacity wireless networks. How far this will progress is still a bit nebulous, mostly depending on vendor cooperation and open systems.