5G has long been heralded as the future of wireless networks, but getting there is still a work in progress. And the need for the new technology, which will allows networks to handle exponentially more traffic, is only becoming more urgent.
With the explosion of IoT and new smartphone markets, the number of connected devices is expected to hit more than 50 billion by 2020 with mobile data traffic alone accounting for 197,000 petabytes.
To help facilitate the transition to 5G, Nokia Networks and National Instruments (NI) teamed up on the Millimeterwave (mmWave) challenge and recently brought to fruition the first field-deployed 5G proof-of-concept system. According to details provided in the case study release following the prototype testing, Nokia’s solution was able to demonstrate “one of the first mmWave communication links capable of streaming data at 10 GB/s.”