5G Requirements

By accounting for the majority of needs, the following set of 5G requirements is gaining industry acceptance.

3GPP TS22.261 defines performance targets for different scenarios (e.g. urban macro, rural macro, indoor hotspot) and applications (e.g. remote control, monitoring, intelligent transport systems, and tactile interaction), for example:

  • User experienced data rates vary, from 1 Gbps downlink and 500 Mpbs uplink for indoor hotspot environments to 50 Mbps downlink and 25 Mbps uplink for rural macro environments.
  • Latency targets, an important performance indicator for 5G, are as low as 0,5 ms for tactile interaction.
  • Capacity targets can be as high as 15 Tbps/km2 with 250 000 users/km2 for indoor hotspots such as office environments.

Commonly discussed 5G Requirements.

5G Requirements
  • 1-10Gbps connections to end points in the field (i.e. not theoretical maximum)
  • 1 millisecond end-to-end round trip delay – latency
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • 100% Coverage
  • 10-100x number of connected devices
  • Perception of) 99.999% availability
  • 1/10X energy consumption
  • Up to ten year battery life for low power, machine-type devices
  • ≥1 Mio/km2 Devices
  • ≥10 Tb/s/km2 Data Density


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