4G Americas provides an Americas viewpoint on 5G requirements and recommendations
- As 5G is defined and requirements are being developed, it must include the entire 5G ecosystem (e.g., air interface, devices, transport and packet core).
- 5G development should provide global harmonization under a single framework and allow time for true advances of technology, feasibility studies, standardization and product development.
- It is critical that the countries of the Americas invest in 5G research.
- Avoid debate (at least initially) on what 5G is. 5G does not (yet) describe any particular specification in any official document published by any standardization body.
- 5G planning should consider all major technology advances on the road to 5G.
- Wherever feasible, features being discussed as 5G requirements should be implemented as LTE-Advanced extensions, before the full 5G is available. There are ongoing enhancements in LTE-Advanced that will continue through 2018. 5G is envisioned to have initial deployments around 2020. It must be recognized that significant breakthroughs in new radio transmission interfaces may be accompanied by a break in backward compatibility.