Friday, 15 November 2019

2018 Year-End Review and Industry Predictions for 2019

Michael Dargue, Vice President, Cartesian
Friday 25 January 19

History scholars will no doubt look back on 2018 as a turbulent year in international politics. For those of us that obsessively follow the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) industries, it has been a long time since geopolitics had such an impact on our sector. Tensions between the US and China have featured large in 2018, with trade tariffs, export sanctions and security concerns providing a steady flow of news throughout the year. 2018: The Year That Was 5G goes Live!   Finally, after all the hype and excitement, commercial 5G mobile services have gone live. South Korea was first out of the gate, with local operators SKT, KT and LG Uplus all launching commercial services on 1 December. However, Koreans will need to wait until next March before 5G handsets become available; the service is limited to mobile routers for now.   Elsewhere, there has been no shortage of press announcements detailing trials and launch plans. While many operators have been claiming “mine’s bigger than yours”, others have – perhaps wisely – cautioned against over-optimism in the short term. The truth is, 5G networks will come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on MNOs’ spectrum choices, cell site design, backhaul options, and network configuration. On top of this, each MNO has its own strategic priorities, whether that’s offering the best mobile broadband experience, reducing last-mile costs for fixed broadband, or gaining a foothold in Industry 4.0. Just like a Swiss Army knife, 5G offers many different tools. The winners will be the operators that find best use for them.   Investors on a full fiber diet   In fixed networks, we reached 1B broadband connections worldwide and investment in fiber continues at pace. As we wrote last year, key drivers for fiber include mobile backhaul, growing enterprise demand…

History scholars will no doubt look back on 2018 as a turbulent year in international politics. For those of us that obsessively follow the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) industries, it has been a long time since geopolitics had such an impact on our sector. Tensions between the US and China have featured large in 2018, with trade tariffs, export sanctions and security concerns providing a steady flow of news throughout the year. 2018: The Year That Was 5G goes Live!   Finally, after all the hype and excitement, commercial 5G mobile services have gone live. South Korea was first out of the gate, with local operators SKT, KT and LG Uplus all launching commercial services on 1 December. However, Koreans will need to wait until next March before 5G handsets become available; the service is limited to mobile routers for now.   Elsewhere, there has been no shortage of press announcements detailing trials and launch plans. While many operators have been claiming “mine’s bigger than yours”, others have – perhaps wisely – cautioned against over-optimism in the short term. The truth is, 5G networks will come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on MNOs’ spectrum choices, cell site design, backhaul options, and network configuration. On top of this, each MNO has its own strategic priorities, whether that’s offering the best mobile broadband experience, reducing last-mile costs for fixed broadband, or gaining a foothold in Industry 4.0. Just like a Swiss Army knife, 5G offers many different tools. The winners will be the operators that find best use for them.   Investors on a full fiber diet   In fixed networks, we reached 1B broadband connections worldwide and investment in fiber continues at pace. As we wrote last year, key drivers for fiber include mobile backhaul, growing enterprise demand…

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