How 5G disruption will deliver a better, smarter society

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5G mobile technology was again among the hottest topics at this year’s Mobile World Congress with much of the attention devoted to what the improved coverage and capacity the technology offers will be used for. Significant attention at the event was devoted to virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) apps and services, most likely because these show a clear need for the speed and low latency that 5G networks will provide because of their need for uninterrupted, fast-starting, ultra-high-definition mobile video. However, 5G is still being developed and even the most ambitious commentators at MWC acknowledged that it will be at least 2020 before we see the first large-scale commercial deployments of 5G networks. The period between now and then will be devoted to further development work which is chartered and managed by 3GPP…

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