5G talk heats up, but launch still far off - Computerworld - 5 March 2015

The 5G hype machine hit a fever pitch this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but wireless services based on the still-to-be-formalised wireless standard are not expected to launch in any markets until 2020 at the earliest.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Telstra revealed it would launch 5Gservices with Ericsson in “around 2020.”

Separately, the European Commission’s 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) issued avision statement on 5G stating that the next-generation wireless services should be 100 time faster than 4G, connect 1000 times as many devices and carry 1000 times as much traffic in a given area.

“Commercial 5G is expected to start to arrive around 2020 with full employment towards the end of that decade,” according to Australian telecom analyst Paul Budde.

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