5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology, and promises to be a game-changer in terms of broadband reach and user experience. The future of broadband for consumers and businesses alike – from autonomous cars, to smart communities, to industrial IoT, to immersive education – will all rely on the speed and reliability of 5G. So what does “fixed” broadband have to do with it? The Broadband Forum says – “Everything".
5G design requirements and technology enablers drive both mobile and fixed developments.
The Next Generation (5G) System will support:
- Simultaneous connection to different accesses, capability to access the services provided by the 5G network using non-3GPP access
- Inter-system mobility between 3GPP and non-3GPP networks with optional session continuity
- Mobility between non-3GPP networks
- Capability for the user equipment based on network control to discover and select the appropriate access
- A common authentication framework
5G-Fixed Mobile Convergence (5G-FMC) is one of the areas of high priority to be addressed, given that:
- Seamless service experience is key for users and drives the need for full FMC
- 5G services are to be deployed in an access-independent context across several access technologies (incl. wireless and wireline)
- On-demand network services, e.g. different levels of mobility may be required according to the application needs
- Multiple simultaneous attachments will be very common for certain devices and applications
The converged network should be able to integrate wireline and wireless for fixed and mobile devices, as appropriate, and provide an efficient delivery of services over various access networks.
The 5G Transport work addresses the requirements and anticipated migration of the 5G transport network to accommodate the anticipated new demands generated by the introduction of 5G globally.