Radio access networks (RANs) and associated core network hierarchy, which link end-user equipment to both the central telecom network and the cloud, are essential in building ubiquitous cellular connectivity to expand the number and breadth of use cases that can be supported by the technology. This paper:

  • Outlines the status of 5G standards and rollout
  • Summarizes the new use cases 5G RANs need to support
  • Examines the standards evolution to support higher bandwidth and additional use cases