5G Is Here, but It Will Be Expensive
It is unquestionably the year of 5G: in 2019, the new cellular technology jumpstarted more dynamically than any previous cellular generation. ABI Research expects around 10 million 5G subscribers globally by the end of 2019, with South Korea already having surpased 2.5 million 5G subscribers. Right now, there are ongoing 5G deployments in city centers, stadiums, factories, universities, train stations, and shopping centers; there is no continent without any 5G activity. Major Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) are actively preparing their future large-scale rollouts and firing up the marketing locomotive behind 5G to try and cut out the largest slice available from the future’s connectivity cake. The advantages of 5G are more or less well-known by a large audience, but the upcoming challenges are less famous.
MSPs are faced with record-high 5G-related Capital Expenditure (CAPEX): outstanding spectrum prices, pricy network equipment, and higher-than-ever densification requirements. Besides that, MSP’s Ope…
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