back to article 5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fibre as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was. If higher data rates and larger numbers of broadband devices are an mobile network …



    acronym heaven - the real future of 5G

    1. Graham 32

      Re: WTF?

      Totally agree. I gave up at "backhaul/fronthaul". There's a chance this all makes sense to someone, but as I don't work in the infrastructure dept of a mobile telco it's meaningless to me.

      1. Mellipop

        Re: WTF?

        It's purposeful obfuscation.

        The mobile networks want to maintain control of 5G when the distributed nature of nodes plopped on t'internet mean it can be controlled by anyone who groks OpenStack. So that'll be the cloud suppliers like Amazon.

        To be honest, all these different network function virtualization 'nuances' introduced by the protagonists are unimportant. To people used to the internet we know the power of gateways to join dissimilar segments together.

        There's only one thing important to everyone and that's billing. And no-one can stop the inevitable where money is concerned.

        Yes, the blockchain is where all billing (rating records) will go. Monolithic network operators are going the same way as banks. Totally unnecessary.

        1. patrickstar

          Re: WTF?

          Trust me - even with a networking and telco background, this article (as well as a lot of other stuff written about "5G") doesn't make any sense. For the most part, it could as well be a paper generated by SCIgen.

          The words... they mean NOTZING!

  2. anthonyhegedus

    Yes I did notice a preponderance of TLAs.

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      And FLA's

      that will no doubt in time come to be real 4-letter words as we start cursing 5G non infrastructure.

      I get 4G at the back/upstairs of my house and 2G at the front/downstairs. Will 5G solve this of do I have to move home to somewhere trendy and cool (and costs an arm and a leg)?

      1. LaeMing

        Re: And FLA's

        Steve! Your house is cumulatively 6G!. But only 3G on average.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Apologies to Barry Crier

    T-OVEN : Isn't that where people from Yorkshire bake cakes?

  4. Adam Jarvis

    I'm fairly read up on this...

    But I struggled on this article, glad to know other's did. I hate Acronyms at the best of times too.

    No sure who it was written for, but if you fully understand it, in terms of the software overview/hardware overview - you're a Telecom God, compared to me (and I feel I'm conversant in Electronics/RF Radio/Analog Circuits and Software Development/Virtualisation,Cloud interoperability).

    Even then at times, it can often feel too much like a jack of all trades, master of none, to get some sort of overview of what 5G entails, boy this can be complex.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I'm fairly read up on this...

      The best way I've found to make sense of all this is, whenever I get a chance, is to talk to the field techs and engineers. Everybody seems to like to talk shop when they are out&about. Then again I talk to everyone, yes, even the squirrels. [That's a stock joke in the US Navy about nuclear types. It's true.]

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A herd of elephants in the room

      Killer app? Watch for virtual reality, augmented reality and possibly holographic projection. It's coming.

      Also, as with all new tech, the rich early adopters pay the premium while costs for incumbent technology drop for the rest of us.


      Dialup to broadband.

      Cassette/floppy to CD

      CD to DVD, DVD to Blu-Ray

      CRT to LCD

      LCD to LED

      HDD to SSD (happening right now)

  6. HeavyAnalyst

    Good article ... but

    I thought it was a good article but I do have a few comments that may be of interest to the telco geeks.

    1) T-MANO in an implementation of OSM, based on HPE’s NFV Director, not a rival standard.

    2) Open Source MANO is just as open source as Linux's ONAP. That ETSI has embraced open source (albeit just for this project) is revolutionary but it is real.

    3) Verizon is not on the fence. They joined OSM in February and have said they have no plans to use ECOMP (and presumably ONAP).

    4) OpenStack is not an alternative to ETSI MANO. It is an option for the Virtualised Infrastructure Manager component (alongside VMWare). OpenStack’s project Tacker is working on a generic VNF Manager and NFV Orchestrator but this isn’t the core OpenStack application and I don’t think it is ready for prime time just yet.

    5) ETSI is not resisting a model-based approach. The Network Functions Virtualisation – White Paper #3 states NFV “requires a new set of management and orchestration functions and creates new dependencies between them, thus requiring interoperable standardised interfaces, common information models, and the mapping of such information models to data models.” Sounds pretty model-based to me.

    If this sort of stuff interests you can check out my report: Next-Gen OSS for Hybrid Virtualized Networks

    or get your fill of telco acronyms at

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