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Wireless Watch 641 June 6: 5G Realities

Wireless Watch 641 June 6: 5G Realities

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Key Issues: 5G Realities

  • Will 5G finally force a fresh approach to mobile standards setting? 2
  • First 5G business case – not driverless cars, but good old fixed wireless 6
  • Huawei claims unified air interface for all 5G use cases 10
  • Small cells and network slicing will create new class of local operator 13


  • Contrasting responses to the smartphone crisis:
    • Google sticks with hardware, Microsoft licenses software to Xiaomi 15
    • Nest CEO quits as Google looks elsewhere for smart home success 20
  • LPWANs are standing up robustly to the threat from LTE 22
  • Smartphones will dominate VR, and ARM is rising to the challenge 25
  • ETSI addresses mobile-broadcast convergence as it extends its reach 27

Multiplay Watch:

Mobile video drives key features of Ericsson’s revamped MediaFirst 29

IoT Watch:

Tele2 boosts IoT platform with IBM and other partners 31

Spectrum Watch:

EU aims to avoid past mistakes with its 700 MHz roadmap 32

WiFi Watch:

Qualcomm sails against the tide with latest home WiFi chip 33

Devices and Components:

Even Qualcomm’s new chip won’t revive wearables market 35

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