Two thirds of organisations will have deployed 5G by the time 2020 hits, according to new figures from Gartner.
Apparently, 5G will mostly be used for the Internet of Things (IoT), where devices will use the network to communicate to one another. 5G is also expected to be used for video communication.
However, if we are to fully embrace 5G, we need a few things, like a new network topology which would include edge computing, core network slicing and radio network densification.
Gartner also said that of all the communications service providers that will have deployed 5G by 2022, half will not have monetised their back-end technology infrastructure investments. That will mostly be because their systems will not have fully met 5G use case requirements.
Also, CSPs will have different plans, different timing and scope. Most will focus first on consumer broadband services, which can delay investments in edge computing and core slicing, which Gartner sees as ‘much more relevant and valuable 5G projects’.
“In terms of 5G adoption, end-user organisations have clear demands and expectations for 5G use cases,” said Sylvain Fabre, senior research director at Gartner. “However, one major issue that 5G users face is the lack of readiness of communications service providers. Their 5G networks are not available or capable enough for the needs of organisations.”
“In the short to medium term, organisations wanting to leverage 5G for use cases such as IoT communications, video, control and automation, fixed wireless access and high-performance edge analytics cannot fully rely on 5G public infrastructure for delivery,” added Mr Fabre.
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