Feb. 14, 2019
Amy-Gabrielle Bartolac, Public Affairs Manager
ARLINGTON, Va. – The
Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) Innovation & Technology Council
(ITC) released a report titled “The 5G Paradox: The Need for More Offloading
Options in the Next-Generation Wireless Era,” which explores the need for
additional bandwidth and offloading techniques as next-generation 5G wireless
services begin to roll out. The white paper explains that wireless networks
need to be prepared for the tremendous increase in devices and connections
brought about by 5G, which will require even more offloading to manage additional
With 5G, mobile data
traffic will continue to increase exponentially, and service providers are seeking
solutions to prevent future congestion on their networks. Offloading data
traffic frees network capacity, while providing a consistently high quality of
service. Customers can make and receive calls and texts, in
addition to accessing data, over Wi-Fi or other local connections, including
new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.
“Even as 5G networks
will bring more spectrum to market, the massive amounts of new connections that
will be available could overwhelm networks once billions of diverse devices
connect to the 5G networks. So even as new spectrum comes to market, operators
will continue to need to use offloading techniques to keep the macrocellular
network operating efficiently,” the white paper states.
“The advent of 5G will
bring tremendous global connectivity, economic growth, and job creation,” said
WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “Mobile data traffic continues to
skyrocket, a trend that the arrival of 5G will drive even faster. The paradox
is that while 5G provides vastly more bandwidth, it will also drive so much
more demand that increased offloading is concurrently needed as an efficient,
win-win solution for service providers, infrastructure providers, and customers.”
The Innovation &
Technology Council report is authored by Greg Najjar, Advanced RF Technologies
Inc.; Mark Reynolds, the University of New Mexico; Don Bach, Boingo Wireless;
and Luke Lucas, T-Mobile USA. Jim Lockwood of Aero Solutions and Don Bach of
Boingo Wireless chair the ITC group, which seeks to provide thought leadership
on the future of the wireless industry.
The report is available
for download here.
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