It is still more than two years until 3GPP sets the 5G protocol, but the wireless industry and enterprises are already figuring out what they will do with the promised increases in speed and bandwidth, according to a report, ‘5G Deployment Models Are Crystallizing,’ by Arthur D. Little (ADL).
“Telecom operators have a vital role to play in bringing enterprises and industry verticals together to deliver not just connectivity, but also solutions, said Dr. Karim Taga, global head of the telecommunication, information technology, media and electronics practice at Arthur D. Little.
Analyzing the wireless carriers’ announcements about their future 5G plans, ADL has identified five rollout models.
“Use cases are already being built around immersive sports viewing and augmented-reality applications,” Taga said.
The consulting firm predicts gigabit wireless to homes will serve as last-mile solution complement to existing fiber or cable networks, which may have been based on announcements that both Verizon and AT&T are testing 5G fixed wireless. In March, it was reported that the non-stand-alone (NSA) standalone of 5G New Radio (NR) would be released by 3GPP in in 2019, instead of 2020 when the rest of the 5G standard is released.
5G will also be used to deliver applications driven by virtual reality, and tactile internet, according to ADL. To that end, the AT&T Foundry released a white paper in January of this year entitled “Enabling Mobile Augmented and Virtual Reality with 5G Networks.”
The proposed high reliability and low latency of 5G will be used by corporations to improve efficiency and productivity, according to the ADL report. At the Mobile World Congress this year in Barcelona, CISCO announced that it is working with Verizon to bring 5G to enterprises and small- and medium-size businesses.
“Beyond consumer applications, enterprises are actively investigating how they can benefit from 5G, and indeed thinking of deployment models themselves, e.g., smart manufacturing,” Taga said.
5G will develop digital industrial ecosystems with M2M connectivity enabling new service ecosystems with multiple partners, providers and end users, the report said.
“To unlock the potential of IoT, 5G must address network response times (latency). Control without deterministic response times limits the utility and adoption of these technologies,” said Network Instruments said in Trend Watch. “If researchers succeed in reducing latency and improving determinism, then control applications—that is, connected devices with sensors, actuators, and so on—could be controlled and operated remotely or autonomously in the cloud.”
The fifth rollout model is the delivery of next generation infrastructure-as-a-service for entire countries.
“There are concrete steps that telecom operators can already take to place stakes in their 5G futures. Building an application ecosystem with start-ups and service providers is key to facilitating future 5G use cases,” Taga said. “Preparing the spectrum and infrastructure for future 5G macro and hundreds of thousands of small cells is another step that can be kick-started.”
The report can be downloaded at: www.adl.com/5Gdeployment