Understanding 5G: The Next Evolution in Wireless
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Understanding 5G: The Next Evolution in Wireless

Profit, Promise, and Potential for the Next Industrial Revolution
4.1 (52 ratings)
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Created by Brian Newman
Last updated 8/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Visualize where 5G fits into the evolution of wireless technologies and at least 3 key capabilities.
  • Identify why 5G is considered the catalyst for the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Brainstorm new ideas, new business opportunities, and new services to take advantage of 5G capabilities.
  • Identify key communications service providers building and deploying 5G networks.
  • Prepare business plans and strategies for 5G services and products.
  • You should be familiar with wireless technology as a consumer or in business.
  • You should be a technology evangelist with interest in how wireless networks are evolving.
  • You should have an interest in new technologies that facilitate IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

Business and technology news is being overwhelmed with stories about  5G. Some CEOs and analysts have called it the on-ramp to the 4th industrial revolution. You may be wondering -- what exactly is 5G and why is it getting so much attention? Or, you may want to know how you can use 5G technology to develop new products or services, make money, or improve the delivery of public services. You’ve come to the right course! 

I’ve been in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years and have worked, in one capacity or another, for three of the largest US communications service providers. Much of that time has been spent in wireless networks. In my career, I have seen technology leap forward and evolve at a faster and faster pace but never with such vigor as 5G.

All that you hear about self-driving cars and self-driving trucks, autonomous drones, the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality --- they all need a fast, reliable, high-capacity wireless network. That’s the promise and the potential of 5G. In this course, Understanding 5G, we’ll take a look at what 5G is, how we got here, and what it means to you as a consumer, a business owner or entrepreneur, a property owner or building manager, and as a citizen.

Join me, and let’s get started in understanding 5G wireless communications.

Who this course is for:
  • Consumers interested in the next wave of wireless technology with higher bandwidth and faster speed.
  • Small business owners that want mobility, faster throughput, and higher bandwidth.
  • Software developers and entrepreneurs launching or deploying new-generation wireless applications.
  • Investors looking for opportunities in new wireless technologies, services, and applications.
  • Landlords, building managers, and cell site owners or lessees interested in new revenue opportunities from 5G.
  • Municipal telecommunications and public service employees focused on improving communications infrastructure.
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 01:01:54
+ Introduction
2 lectures 06:58


This course introduction will highlight topics and intended audience for material in "Understanding 5G". 

Learn why 5G will transform how we live our lives and will usher in the fourth industrial revolution that promises advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Intelligent Robotic Process Automation.

Preview 02:27

5G offers many important business benefits. Learn about the eight currencies of 5G and what they mean to providing more bandwidth at faster speeds to many more connected devices.

Preview 04:31

Test your understanding of what 5G offers over today's wireless networks.

Understanding the Importance of 5G
3 questions
+ The Basics and More Behind 5G
5 lectures 27:08

What is real 5G? Beyond the marketing hype,there are key characteristics of 5G that define this new wireless technology and lay the ground work for significant impacts to how we work, live, and play.

Preview 04:43

There are key requirements around 5G set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and other standards bodies. With greater capacity, more bandwidth, and very low latency, the stage is set for a new generation of wireless-enabled technologies. 

More on 5G Requirements
Take a few minutes to understand the current data rate you have over your communication service providers network and compare that to the potential for 5G.
Determine Your Smartphone Network Speed
3 questions

Dive deeper into what makes 5G more robust -- the core network. Improvements in bandwidth, capacity, and latency are just the beginning. With a high-powered, well-engineered core network and a Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) cloud architecture, new 5G services and products will come to life in ways unimagined.

Deeper into 5G

At this point, let's check your understanding regarding the key capabilities and requirements regarding 5G.

Check Your Knowledge about 5G
2 questions

The desire to be "unwired" for voice and data is probably as old as the invention of the telephone. Learn how wireless communication networks advanced from 0G to 5G over the span of nearly 150 years. Each succeeding generation provided exponentially more capabilities and features at lower prices in smaller form.

How We Got to 5G
Take a look around your home or office and assess how many devices connect via wireless communications today. Also, identify those that don't but could with improved bandwidth, less latency, and greater coverage.
Assess Wireless Devices In-Use
3 questions

Learn about 5G systems that are being deployed in the US and in many other countries, but not without some controversy. In most industrial nations, 5G is seen as a key enabler for many new technologies and services. Every nation wants to be one among the first to provide wide-scale commercial service. 

Current State of 5G
+ Getting Down to Business in 5G
3 lectures 09:38

Understand how 5G represents a radical shift in how business is conducted today, impacting customers in new and innovative ways. Automation and robotics will take great leaps forward with big increases in capacity and bandwidth, strengthened through Multi-Access Edge Computing.

The Business of 5G

Understand why 5G will be a game changer for those businesses that cater to consumers. With low latency, high bandwidth, and massive numbers of device connections, the door is open for new innovation and new business opportunities.

5G in the Consumer Segment

5G represents significant disruption to the status quo of many industries and business models. Learn what those are and how to adapt.

5G Business Disruption
+ Planning for 5G: Business, Government, and Cell Site Demand
3 lectures 13:21

Learn why traditional business, software, and product delivery models will no longer suffice. Effective business planning, along with use DevOps and Agile, are key tools in getting to market fast in 5G.

Business Planning for 5G

Understand how 5G provides potential solutions to ease many urban and municipal problems including crime, traffic, and air quality. Every citizen may soon benefit from advancements made possible by 5G.

Government Impacts from 5G

The nature of 5G millimeter waves will require many more cell sites. Understand the implications and prepare to negotiate.

Cell Site Demand from 5G
+ Issues, Considerations, and Conclusion
3 lectures 04:49

Learn about several concerns and issues that may impact 5G over the next few years. These include safety, data privacy, and even national security interests.

Issues and Considerations in 5G

Closing remarks on Understanding 5G

Closing: Understanding 5G
BONUS: 5G Technology Incubators