What Went Wrong with 5G?

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By Dimitris Mavrakis | 3Q 2021 | IN-6236


5G Fails to Generate New Revenues and Interest in Enterprises 


Some market insiders have a saying odd-numbered cellular generations are destined to fail. Indeed, while 2G and 4G have been instrumental in introducing voice and mobile broadband applications to the mass market – and generating the financial returns that came with these – 3G only provided a lukewarm foundation for 4G that came after it. The killer application for 3G was video calls, something that never came to market until Apple and other OTT companies tied these applications to the device ecosystem. It is also for this reason that 3G networks are being decommissioned in many markets, before 2G which is still providing simple voice and SMS services across a nationwide footprint nearly across the whole globe.

The success of 5G is also a controversial topic, nearly three years after the first 5G networks were lit. In the consumer domain, mobile operators have accelerated their deployments with Non-Standalone Access (NSA) that allowed them to tether a shiny new radio access network to an existing 4G core network. This has been a blessing…

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