As the rollout for 5G cellular continues, network operators are modifying the existing infrastructure. They’re adding what’s needed to support the higher rates, greater device density, and lower latency we’ll need to run advanced 5G use cases, now and in the future.
Operators have done this kind of work before, moving cellular from 2G to 3G and 4G, but this time it’s different. 5G is more than just an overlay on the previous generation—it's a seismic shift that brings fundamental change at every level. Preparing for 5G operation means having to deal with new technologies and new techniques, from recently opened bands of unfamiliar spectrum and complex active antenna architectures to virtualization and machine-learning algorithms.