Wireless Mantra of the Week: 5G Devices

Mantra: In support of a wide variety of target 5G services and industries or verticals, 5G is expected to support a wide variety of devices such as smartphones, headsets, displays, and countless types of IoT devices.

Brief Explanation:
Target 5G usage scenarios include eMBB, URLLC, and mMTC. 3GPP initially focused on eMBB in Release 15 with other usage scenarios getting more attention in subsequent releases such as Release 16 and 17. While smartphones would certainly be important in the initial few years of 5G deployments, several other kinds of devices would also become prevalent in future. Examples of human-centric devices that would enable consumers to benefit from amazing 5G performance include headsets for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and head-mounted displays (HMDs). A variety of IoT devices serving different verticals such as industrial automation, smart agriculture, smart cities and homes, self-driving cars, and healthcare would also become increasingly important. These non-smartphone devices along with suitable features in the 5G network would enable wireless service operators to serve countless customers beyond traditional customers and influence many aspects of economies.

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