82% of mobile operators that participated in a recent IHS Market study are busy trialing and testing 5G technology, mainly in North America and Asia, with 12% (all from the US) planning commercial 5G rollouts by the end of the year.
- 82% of the operators polled rated ultra-low latency (ULL) the chief technical driver for 5G, followed by decreased cost per bit (76%) and increased network capacity (71%).
- The most challenging network development item on the 5G agenda is radio. 53% that said radio is the area of the network that will require the biggest development effort to make 5G happen, followed by transport (24%) and management (14%).
- Extreme mobile broadband (eMBB) was the highest-rated 5G use case driver among survey respondents, followed by real-time gaming. As real-time gaming requires a super-fast network with low latency, it cannot occur in the absence of eMBB; the same applies to high-definition (HD) and ultra-high-definition (UHD) video services and tactile low-latency touch and steer. Even so, respondents expect fixed-wireless access (FWA) to be ready for commercial deployment first.