We have to note first that both AT&T and Ericsson are working together to sell their smart city solution to cities and this is important beyond the blog post we are about to review because those companies used to be supplier and buyer and now they are becoming both suppliers for the enterprise and, in this case, they are together, but in the future they may become competitors as well. Having clarified this, we find a blog post that argues that 5G is the foundation for smart cities, while we think the foundation for smart cities will be HetNet or a combination of technologies such as cellular technologies, in all their forms, Sigfox, LoRa, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee… We are still surprised that after four generations of mobile technologies, operators still want us to convince everybody their technology will be the dominant one, when all studies show that Wi-Fi carries much more traffic than cellular networks, why would 5G change that when many cities are literally covered with Wi-Fi?
5G cellular evolution: why it will be a foundation for smart cities
The power of connectivity is transforming all industries and forward-thinking cities.
This digital transformation is driving the next generation of wireless access—5G—targeting commercial availability around 2020. Just as 4G/LTE technology enabled the explosion of smartphones, mobile applications, and mobile commerce, the evolution to 5G will enable rapidly growing, diverse services for both human and machine communications … Keep reading the original blog post here