5G by 2020 – Are We Ready?

Believe it or not, 2020 is right around the corner and questions of what we can expect from the rapidly changing technology landscape are already surfacing. How will customers’ demands change? What device is going to be driving all that we do? Has it already been invented? Though the future is unclear, one thing we do know is that 5G will play a significant role. In the next six years 5G technology is projected to transform how we interact with everything around us.


At Mobile World Congress, Aicha Evans, VP of Intel Architecture Group and GM of Wireless Platform Research and Development Group participated on a panel discussion focused on the Road to 5G and what Intel is doing today to make 5G a commercial reality by 2020.

“Linking all the wireless technologies with the compute in a seamless and smart way, that’s what 5G is finally going to solve, and that work has started now” said Evans.

In order to get a better understanding of 5G and how it will change the way we communicate and interact, it is important to look back at the technology that has preceded it. In an interview with iQ by Intel, Asha Keddy, GM of Mobile Standards for Advance Technology at Intel did just that.

“The 2G networks were designed for voice, 3G for voice and data and 4G for broadband Internet experiences. With 5G, we’ll see compute capabilities getting fused with communications everywhere, so trillions of things like wearable devices don’t have to worry about compute power because network can do any processing needed.”

The possibilities that come with the implementation of 5G are vast, and significant progress has already been made when it comes to making this a reality. So with six years until 2020, where do we go from here?

“What is missing in 5G is all of us in the wireless ecosystem understanding that this is not an area to compete on, this is an area to collaborate on as global citizens” said Evans.

Click here to see the full panel discussion with Aicha Evans and learn more about how Intel is paving the way for 5G to be consumer ready by 2020.

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