The Many Faces of 5G

The director of the NYU Wireless research center is expecting the future 5G standard to implement multiple air interfaces and feature some backward compatibility with existing 4G LTE networks.

Light Reading spoke briefly to Polytechnic Institute of New York University professor Ted Rappaport Monday afternoon about the forthcoming fifth generation (5G) of wireless technology.

5G is a hot topic in the industry right now, as operators, vendors, and research centers are attempting to nail down the technology and standards that will underpin 5G. Initial deployments of 5G networks are expected to happen as early as 2020. (See DoCoMo's 2020 Vision for 5G.)