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Summit to explore latest 5G developments


April 18, 2016  


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Leaders in wireless, automotive, healthcare, academia and government will gather at the third annual Brooklyn 5G Summit this week to explore and showcase the latest developments and research aimed at making 5G a commercial reality in telecommunications, machine-to-machine communication, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The invitation-only summit, at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, is jointly organized by NYU Wireless and Nokia, and will be live streamed by the IEEE Communications Society.

The event features leaders from companies including Nokia, Verizon, DoCoMo, Intel, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute.

“This is a watershed moment for 5G wireless,” said Theodore Rappaport,  founder and director of NYU WIRELESS. “We are in the midst of a dramatic increase not only in the sheer number of mobile smart devices, wearables, and machine-to-machine connections, but also in sheer volume of the data traffic these and other IoT devices are generating.

“With multi-gigabit-per-second mobile communications nearing reality, this is an exciting time for the wireless industry, and we are pleased to play a major role as a convener and producer of basic knowledge to bring wireless into its Renaissance over the next several years.”

A new report by Bell Labs Consulting, a division of Nokia Bell Labs research, estimates that by 2020 global consumption demand for digital content and services on mobile and portable devices will increase an average of 30 to 45 times from 2014 levels — with some markets experiencing as much as a 98-fold jump. Audio and video streaming traffic will account for 79% of the traffic increase.

“The 5G era architecture  will be the fabric that opens up a whole new set of human possibilities,”said Volker Ziegler, head of 5G leadership and chief architect for Nokia.

“Technology innovations have made it possible to do 5G earlier than most thought, with operators moving to pre-standard implementation to start developing and trialing 5G business models before the commercial availability of the full 5G standard.

“Early 5G services will be rolled out in 2017, with full 5G commercial services coming in 2020 that will transform and automate how we live in the digital world.”

Technical challenges to creating efficient 5G networks and innovations in cell networks and mmWave technology will be key topics at the Brooklyn 5G Summit.