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5G systems engineering covers a broad stroke of 5G technology in terms of the current 3GPP roadmap.

Even though 5G is well into its initial rollout in the U.S., there are still considerable 5G systems engineering issues and challenges to resolve.

5G is classified into three categories such as ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC), massive machine-type communication (mMTC), and enhance mobile broadband (eMBB) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

5G will provide higher data rate (Gbps), low latency, enhance quality of service (QoS), low energy consumption at a low cost per transmission, better spectral efficiency (SE), energy efficiency (EE), quality of service (QoS), improved throughput and better user experience.

The main challenges are to reduce interference, latency, power consumption, and enhance data rate. 

In truth, an array of 5G systems engineering issues and challenges have caused deployment to play out a bit differently than anticipated.

Rather than a marathon progressing deterministically toward a finish line, the ongoing 5G rollout has been more like a puzzle to be put together piece by piece.

5G technology has no doubt matured in the past two years. Good progress has been made to develop and deploy wireless infrastructure technologies like massive multiple input-multiple output (mMIMO) and millimeter wave (mmWave), both of which contribute to 5G’s improved speeds.

Additionally, innovative hyperscalers, like Google and Amazon Web Services, have even started hosting their own 5G virtual network capabilities.

However, analysts are quick to point out that actual adoption of 5G technology is still in the early stages. 5G has not yet made the impact on our daily lives that 4G made. 

As the technology underpinning 5G has become more developed, a realization of the complexity of 5G has come along with it.

What it’s come down to for 5G systems engineers is this: The arrival of 5G has allowed engineers to play a new role as they carry out deeper analysis of a more widely accessible environment. 5G systems engineering is now about scanning the world with a different eye: more data, more services – all this coming from a denser network of ever increasing diverse case uses.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers 5G Systems Engineering Bootcamp, a 3-day course where participants learn how to plan, design, architect, implement, operate and maintain 5G networks and systems. Learn the basics of the systems engineering approach and its relationship to 5G network and systems engineering as applied to commercial 5G networks, private 5G networks and government/municipals.

5G Systems Engineering Bootcamp is designed for analysts, engineers, managers and technicians. 

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