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5G will open doors to new players, and give some old ones a new lease of life

To deliver its full potential impact on industry and society, 5G will need to do a lot more than improving the speed, latency and reliability of 4G. It will even need to do a lot more than supporting fully immersive user experiences or life-critical safety networks. Its key difference from 4G will not lie in one particular capability, but in its diversity. That will enable it to provide optimal connectivity for a wide range of applications, industry sectors and user groups, some of them currently hardly harnessing wireless communications at all. To support these diverse requirements and so maximise its value, 5G will need to take advantage of as many technologies as possible. Cloud-native core networks, advanced orchestration and slicing…

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