February 28, 2019 Feature

Removing Barriers for 5G Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

By Andrew C. Emerson

Whether streaming video or merely texting with family and friends, we all use more mobile data than ever before. In fact, monthly data usage per smartphone subscriber rose to an average of 3.9 gigabytes per subscriber per month in 2016, which represented a 39-percent increase from 2015.1 AT&T, for example, estimates that since introduction of the iPhone in 2007, mobile data usage has increased 360,000 percent on its network.2 This unprecedented increase in mobile data use on wireless networks has created an urgent need to expand capacity, in part by deploying the next generation technology—5G, which stands for “fifth-generation cellular wireless”—very soon.

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