Cisco 5G Vision Series: Laying the Foundation for New Technologies, Use Cases, and Business Models

| August 26, 2016

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The fifth generation (5G) of mobile networking standards is in the early stages of development. Cisco is actively engaged in defining its requirements and leading engagements to address how 4G LTE networks will gracefully evolve to 5G by 2020. This white paper describes the primary drivers for the creation of 5G, the technologies proposed by the industry for inclusion in 5G standards, and the expected timeline for 5G completion and rollout. Also included are an overview of Cisco’s vision for 5G technologies and examples of Cisco engagements meant to evolve current 2G/3G/4G mobile networks based on the new 5G technologies across the RAN, the mobile core, and the next-generation Internet. Other papers in this series go into greater detail about RAN evolution, mobile core evolution, and the next-generation Internet evolution in the context of 5G standards.

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