Digital Disruption Report

5G - Thematic Research

Will 5G be worth the wait?

The hype around 5G has been building for so long now that it can be easy to forget that it will not become widely commercially available until 2019 at the earliest. Even then, uptake will be minimal – just 0.09% of all mobile data traffic will be carried over 5G by the end of next year.

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  • What you need to know...
  • Plenty of people, both inside and outside of the telecoms industry, are continuing to beat the drum for 5G – only a few months ago, Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure was describing the “seismic” move from 4G to 5G as “like going from black and white to color TV” – but the dissenting voices are growing in volume.
  • They fear that the positioning of 5G as a revolutionary technology that will enable fundamental shifts in how we live and work has served to raise expectations to such a level that the only possible outcome is disappointment.
  • Huawei’s chairman Eric Xu made headlines in April 2018 when he appeared to downplay the impact of 5G stating that, while it was faster and more reliable than 4G, consumers would find no “material difference between the two technologies.”

GlobalData’s 5G – Thematic Research report looks at how the major players in the global telecoms industry are preparing for the arrival of 5G, which is expected to become commercially available in 2019.

It highlights the main trends in 5G from a technology, macroeconomic and regulatory perspective.

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