Intel sets fast track to 5G, collaborates with Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom
August 20, 2015
Intel executives used the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 to describe a 5G world where drones and balloons will connect the unconnected, and consumers won't need to be concerned whether it's Wi-Fi or 4G -- everything will just work seamlessly like on big network, including things like cars, scooters and refrigerators.
Techniques like software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) also will enable the creation of a centrally managed network, executives said.
5G took center stage during the IDF event. Intel executives Aicha Evans and Sandra Rivera joined Alex Choi, CTO of SK Telecom; Bin Shen, Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) vice president of Strategy; and Paul McNamara, vice president in Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERIC) Corporate Strategy Group, on stage to discuss how computing and communications will converge in 5G networks to power "entirely new categories of applications and user experiences," according to Intel.