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Getting Ready for 5G

Preparing a Skilled Workforce for Future Wireless Networks

By WIA Innovation & Technology Council 2/27/2018

New technologies will be needed to bring the next generation of wireless services to market. The physics of using licensed and unlicensed radiofrequencies for coexistence
and convergence will require advanced training and skills development in the field of RF engineering. Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna propagation, millimeter-wave technologies, Centralized Radio Access Networks (C-RAN), Software Defined Networks (SDN), advances in Wi-Fi technologies and more are just some of the tools that will be used to deploy fifth-generation (5G) networks and services. This report, which builds on a 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Association paper, identifies training and educational needs across a broad swath of technologies as the network moves closer to the end user. While candidate technologies and use cases are being evaluated for 5G, which is scheduled to be standardized by 2020, this report aims to address the need for effective on-the-job training, classroom, and online education to help the industry create a skilled labor workforce to build future generations of heterogeneous networks.