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Alcatel-Lucent techie: Race for ‘5G’ technologies is 'ridiculous'

'5G’ efforts are missing the point of the new mobile networks


Vendors are generally delighted to raise their profile by pretending to have "5G" systems just around the corner, but it was a CTO from Alcatel-Lucent who threw a welcome bucket of cold water over the 5G hype at last week’s CTIA Super Mobility Week conference in Las Vegas.

Michael Peeters, the company’s wireless CTO, told the conference’s Towers & Small Cell Summit stream that the current talk about 5G development was “ridiculous” because it was focused on the old issues of technologies to increase capacity and bandwidth, whereas the real revolution would come from an architecture which was open, federated and “invisible”.

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