The fifth generation (5G) of cellular communications is a daunting topic for many outside the ICT industry. One frequent question is: Where will 5G generate the best return on investment?
The use cases for future 5G enabled applications and services are many and varied in terms of type, industry vertical focus, and requirements. Communication service providers must take into account use case-specific requirements and parameters, which at the highest level is broken down into three distinct 5G service categories as follows:
- Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB): Mobile broadband based apps including video watching, browsing, mobile office/productivity, and cloud-based gaming.
- Ultra-reliable Low-latency Communications (URLLC): Augmented reality, virtual reality, telepresence (includes holographic calling), teleoperation/tele-robotics, autonomous vehicles, UAV/drone operation, public safety, smart buildings, and other latency-sensitive applications
- Massive Machine-type Communications (mMTC): 5G will facilitate a highly scalable M2M network for many IoT applications, particularly those that do not require high bandwidth.
While there will be many consumer-oriented 5G apps and services, the high ROI areas will be focused on business solutions. One of the key areas is private wireless for enterprise and industrial networks, which will be a dominant trend for decades to come as primarily enterprise and industrial segments seek to gain more control and reduce dependency upon carriers networks. Private networks will leverage LTE and 5G for internal/onsite coverage as well as intra-company communications between business locations including smart buildings, factories, and other facilities. Spectrum to deploy private LTE and 5G networks includes licensed, unlicensed, and shared to regionally dedicated.
There is much confusion within enterprise and industrial segments about how this will unfold. Accordingly, Wireless Waypoint offers a 5G Technology and Business Briefing Participants will learn about important 5G technologies and capabilities as well as market drivers and operational constraints. Additional topics for discussion may include (at the customer’s request) future solutions including private wireless, high ROI apps and services, key companies, and intellectual property.
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