Today the “5G Future Forum” was announced for the first time. This is a kind of collaboration, a club, an agreement between brands, made for the future of 5G mobile data connectivity. The main function of the 5G Future Forum (5GFF) is “to collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications in key geographic regions”. This could be good news for you, a future user of 5G data on your phone, assuming this group really. Global 5G interoperability is a reality.
If you buy a new iPhone later this year, you probably have a 5G-capable smartphone before accessing 5G from your provider. There is a similar story with the Samsung Galaxy S20 (with 5G) and the first Samsung device with 5G in the block, one that came out months ago!
As part of the effort to launch this ball for everyone, not only for users of iPhone or Galaxy phones, a group of operators formed the group called 5G Future Forum. Among the group are key representatives of the mobile data operators ecosystem in North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
The founding members of 5GFF are the following:
• América Móvil
The keys to the success of selling 5G data to the public are found in cases of use of various types. The brands in this forum want people to want 5G and NEED 5G … they would like people to FEEL they need 5G, at least. As such, they have released a short list of categories that they believe will justify the 5G data rate.
5G “Cases of transformative use of companies and consumers” through 5GFF:
• machine learning on the edge
• autonomous industrial equipment
• smart cars
• smart cities
• Internet of things (IoT)
• Augmented reality
• Virtual reality
• “and more”
The group also focuses on the creation of “uniform interoperability specifications”. As large and small companies seek the benefits of moving to the 5G era, interoperability means speed and simplicity. The smoother the transition, the faster the transition, the more profitable (and / or less expensive) the transition.
For the individual user, teams like the ones you are seeing here with this 5G Future Forum can be good news. Whenever any group is allowed to join the party and the ultimate goal is to make the new technology serve the common good, we will see that the future 5G offers positivity. Cross your fingers, this means we will see a smoother deployment out of order for 5G than for 4G LTE!