Monday, 22 October 2018

The 5G business case needs closer scrutiny

Angel Dobardziev For The Total Telecom Content Network
Friday 01 June 18

For all its great achievements, the wireless industry at times took a ‘build it and they will come’ approach to new network investments. In the early 2000s operators invested billions on 3G spectrum licences hoping to offer a ‘multimedia experience on the move’ - only to write these off as it became clear this was not realistic at the time. Just a few years later WiMAX (IEEE’s 802.16 standard) was positioned as a possible 4G standard that would transform wireless broadband connectivity, especially in the emerging markets. Dozens of new entrants deployed WiMAX networks, most of which have since struggled (big wireless players chose LTE as their 4G standard). The 5G hype cycle is near a fever pitch right now, as equipment vendors such as Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei step up efforts to secure mobile operator 5G trial and commercial launch commitments…

For all its great achievements, the wireless industry at times took a ‘build it and they will come’ approach to new network investments. In the early 2000s operators invested billions on 3G spectrum licences hoping to offer a ‘multimedia experience on the move’ - only to write these off as it became clear this was not realistic at the time. Just a few years later WiMAX (IEEE’s 802.16 standard) was positioned as a possible 4G standard that would transform wireless broadband connectivity, especially in the emerging markets. Dozens of new entrants deployed WiMAX networks, most of which have since struggled (big wireless players chose LTE as their 4G standard). The 5G hype cycle is near a fever pitch right now, as equipment vendors such as Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei step up efforts to secure mobile operator 5G trial and commercial launch commitments…

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