Next generation networks, a term often referred to as 5G, is currently an open vessel into which everyone pours their hopes and dreams. Every technology advance is included as part of the 5G future. Every potential consumer benefit is suggested as being included in the 5G definition. If 5G is to be something more than just faster Internet, it must start with accessibility. Next generation networks are about creating connectivity everywhere, for everyone. Seamless access without bounds. If this is going to be something truly different and meaningful, it must start with that premise.
Access everywhere and for everyone will require a blend of technologies and business plans, and it must have access to spectrum. 5G will require significantly more spectrum for broadband systems than is currently available. The only realistic way to make this spectrum available is through aggressive use of dynamic access technology.
Dynamic spectrum access involves technologies that enable wireless users to share access to spectrum while protecting incumbent users. This allows a dramatically more efficient and intensive use of spectrum, and makes the spectrum battles of the past largely irrelevant. The global dynamic spectrum access movement continues to grow as dynamic spectrum policy thinking moves up the agenda for regulators and policy makers. The application of dynamic sharing is valuable for low-band, mid-band, and high-band spectrum, to drive greater connectivity, greater access, and ultimately, the 5G future of an Internet without limits.
Kalpak Gude will address how dynamic access, using collection sensing, location monitoring and database technologies, is the only way to work with incumbent users in a manner that allows use of spectrum when and where it is not being utilized. He will describe how dynamic access protects incumbent use while enabling enormous efficiency gains in spectrum utilization; and how unlicensed and lightly-licensed regulatory structures will need to sit side by side with licensed regimes to enable the spectrum access that is vital to the next generation networks future.