SlideshowIn Search of 5G's Rationale

Telefonica's Patrick Lopez: 5TONIC is identifying specific needs within verticals that are unresolved with current technology.
Telefónica's Patrick Lopez: 5TONIC is identifying specific needs within verticals that are unresolved with current technology.

Gabriel Brown 6/26/2018 | 6:57:53 AM
Re: Ante up, big boys The "emperor has no clothes" story refers to situation where nobody would call out the absurdity for fear of being be-headed. There's no shortage of critical thinking and opinion on 5G. Just read LR for a few weeks.

What does get away from us all a little bit is the timeline and phasing of 5G. Some of this  stuff will take longer, and be harder, than it first looked. That's no reason to give up.

6G research is already underway, btw. ;) 
sj0350 6/25/2018 | 8:36:45 PM
Re: Ante up, big boys There's a whiff of "emperor has no clothes" around 5G.  Operators didn't want to be left behind and rushed to mortgage themselves so that they could license spectrum. 

OK, I sort of get that - spectrum is important.  But...you have to get ROI on that investment, and it's a brave, brave operator that builds out widescale 5G on the promise of the use cases that are commonly trotted out: connected cars, VR etc. 

It feels somewhat chicken and egg: the real use cases come organically when the network exists, but who's going to build the network without a use case to finance it?

[email protected] 6/25/2018 | 5:42:59 AM
Re: Ante up, big boys Ultimately I can't see anything in the way of business opportunities for operators that don't implement 5G capabilities UNLESS no-one else on their market does... and that's a scenario I don't see happening elsewhere.

It will be very gradual though and it will be quite some time before anything resembling 5G hits many emerging markets -- across AFrica, for examole, where 4G rollout is still happening in many countries.

They key consideration here is not the radio access, I feel -- the major challenge is planning and deploying all the supporting technology, from optical capacity to virtualization to edge computing and (quantum computing-powered?) analytics that need to be in place to make anything beyond faster mobile broadband a commercial possibility. That, in my opinion, is all the realy hard stuff - but once that's there, then those operators that have it will have a massive cmpetitive advantage over those that don't... so any operators with plans to hold back or push LTE to its absolute limits are operating on borrowed time in my opinion.

mendyk 6/22/2018 | 10:29:05 AM
Ante up, big boys Ray -- Can any mobile operator stay out of the 5G game at this point? Seems like 5G is now table stakes for competing in the 2020s.
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