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Major MNOs are in a very challenging position as mobile data demand continues to expand at breakneck pace. As smartphone usage becomes an inherent part of everyday life, MNOs are challenged to keep up with ever increasing demand for perfect coverage and adequate capacity. Markets in developed countries are very competitive for subscribers, have flat ARPUs, and yet must keep up with the escalating demand for capacity, which translates to more and more CapEx each year.

Although much of the dialogue on 5G spectrum in the US has focused on millimeter (mmWave) spectrum, it is not clear whether the mmWave spectrum is suitable for mobile network deployment in the near to mid-term future.

The world is in a race to deploy the next generation of wireless technology, known as “fifth generation” or “5G”, which promises ultra-high mobile internet speeds and greater capacity. The U.S. won the race to 4G, the current generation of mobile tech, but many fear the Chinese could beat us to 5G. To win this heat, the Federal Communications Commission must make available the spectrum (or airwaves) that 5G technologies need.

Over the next 6-8 weeks, the governors of all 50 States and territories will have a critical decision to make – what public safety interoperable network solution will be deployed in their state and operated for the next 25 years? Wireless 20/20 has published a new white paper What Should States Look for in Responses to Public Safety Network RFPs in order to address this vital decision.

The commercialization of 5G technology and use cases won't be like turning on a light, rather it will be a more gradual, phased approach. Early consensus suggests the first wave of 5G deployments may center around ultra-high-speed fixed broadband. Learn about the trials and testing that could ultimately bring multi-gigabit internet speeds into homes and businesses around the world, as well as how consumers and enterprises can leverage this new level of connectivity.

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