Industry experts predicted that Fifth Generation Mobile Communication Technology (5G) networks would be available in most cities across the globe by the middle of 2020, and they’ve proven to be correct. With this advance in mobile communications technology comes many challenges, according to leading experts, when faced with the transition from existing LTE to advanced 5G networks:1

Infrastructure Upgrade

Current LTE technology is not compatible with 5G technologies in terms of spectrum, modulation technique, wave forms and hardware. Additional sets of antenna arrays and transmitting devices are required to equip existing LTE base stations for 5G capability.

Mobile Devices

Older 4G devices have to be replaced for 5G network readiness. Newer mobile devices are capable of supporting 5G NR (new radio) bands in at least the sub-6 GHz range in the initial stages of 5G deployments.

Deployment Challenges

The number of 5G base stations is significantly higher that of its conventional LTE network counterpart. Optical fiber network connectivity must be established between thousands of small cells and base stations.

How can we help?

The complexity of 5G technology is a significant challenge when designing, implementing, and then transitioning from an existing network.

Nevertheless, 5G is now the standard for mobile communications technology, giving way to a new era of connectivity, speed, and unlimited possibilities. Mobile networks are exponentially faster, up to 100 times faster, and have substantially more capacity than we experience today by a thousand times.

Businesses and consumers desire to have it all: high capacity, ultra-reliability, low latency, reduced energy usage, and unlimited, everywhere connectivity. 5G is the mechanism that will connect and catapult business, people, and processes to enormous scales that were only dreamed about 10 years ago. Telecommunications companies are currently mapping out new business models today to plug into the benefits of 5G.

LIA can assist in turning 5G speeds into new services, with beneficial use cases and unlimited growth opportunities for your business.

LIA can assist and lead your team in maximizing its benefit in 5G by:

1. Assessing, evaluating, and updating your current telecommunications business model.

2. Evaluating markets, product, and service designs, to help your business maximize the benefits and impact of 5G.

3. Deploying the right operating model and infrastructure plans, products, and services to close the gap between the current state and future state to assist in the switch to 5G. LIA will assist in front-office and back-office infrastructure to enable 5G innovation and benefits.

4. LIA is a part of a larger, leading 5G ecosystem that allows it assist to, consult, and confidently lead implementations with a great deal of confidence and success.

5. LIA will help your organization identify and bridge the skills gaps, when necessary, to inspire your organization to maximize its 5g footprint.