Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.
In this piece Li-Ke Huang, VP of Wireless Technology, Wireless Business Unit at Viave Solutions, argues mobile operators must develop a robust 5G roadmap that leverages their existing network assets.
There is no universal approach to 5G development, as different markets face different circumstances which require different approaches.
Operators will be looking for large portions of new spectrum to deliver 5G.
Splitting RAN functions means 5G devices will connect to 5G radios for data throughput but will still use 4G for non-data duties.
This integration allows operators to maximise their existing 4G investments and cost-effectively move towards 5G as well as ensuring there is only one system to maintain in the future.