Bell Labs President Rejects 5G Hype

Marcus Weldon, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm Bell Labs has suggested the talk of 5G which is swarming this year’s Mobile World Congress is irrational and ‘ridiculous marketing.’

“it’s based on nothing. We like to say it’s about the digitisation of everything, people and machines”

‘We pride ourselves as being the most rational’, he said, speaking to Mobile World Live. ‘Everyone now expects the bar in 5G to be 5Gb/s, but it’s based on nothing. We like to say it’s about the digitisation of everything, people and machines.’

Weldon expects 5G to re-use many existing technologies rather than being a complete overhaul, but does recognise a new interface more suitable for machines.

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