5G is Coming: CTIA Discusses the Next Wireless Network in a New Report
It seems like just last week or something that Verizon ran a commercial that introduced the world to 4G LTE (long term evolution) connectivity. You remember, the one with the guy who lives on a farm sprinting to his mailbox and running back to the barn and unleashing all of the lightning bolts in the world. That commercial ran back in 2010—believe it or not—but the company, and many others are already thinking about the next generation of wireless connectivity.
CTIA, the trade association that represents the wireless communications industry, effectively got the 5G party started this week by hosting a leadership forum on the forthcoming technology in Washington, DC, this week. The technology isn’t expected to become available until 2020 (shortly after standards for the network are finalized), but it’s never too early to start dreaming.
In attendance were higher ups from many of the big players in the space—Samsung, Verizon, Intel, etc.—as well as a few members of Congress hoping to lead the charge forward on Capital Hill (i.e. speed up the process of finding and auctioning off that coveted spectrum, upon which this network will heavily rely). They all had great and important things to say, which you can view in the video below.