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5G communication networks will provide differentiated services to various sectors of society (vertical ecosystems), meeting the multiple requirements launched by the ITU-T for the 5th generation of cellular communications. 5G will reach maturity in 2025 and become part of the public (operator networks) and private (dedicated networks) domains, while interconnecting several wired and wireless access networks. The communications infrastructure used by 5G will be characterised by a strong programmability, using virtualisation technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV).
Now that the commercial operation of 5G is beginning, there is significant expectation and interest among the communications and digital sectors. Previous generations of mobile communications focused mainly on the consumer market – Business-to-Consumer (B2C), while 5G features make it directly applicable to other sectors (e.g., industry), replacing traditional technologies such as the Ethernet.
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