Long-Term Evolution (LTE) – or 4G – has represented an important growth opportunity for the mobile industry, and operators around the world have invested heavily in rolling out the technology.
5G technology is also now well and truly under development. While there are no firm standards in place, the industry is working hard at making that happen. In the meantime, the early movers are testing their own versions of the 5G technology and this is giving us information about what we can expect – what the technology will be able to deliver. As the roll-out of FttH remains a slow process it is no wonder that more and more people are looking towards mobile as a potential alternative.
Key developments linked to the next generation networks, based on wireless and fibre broadband technology, will include M2M and IoT infrastructure, facilitating the development of smart homes, buildings and cities. Many of these applications will be opened up partly through the use of 4G LTE A(dvanced) – a halfway house on the way to full 5G.
Commercial 5G is not expected to become available in any significant way until at least 2020, with full deployment expected towards the end of that decade. In the past, as newer and faster mobile technologies have been introduced - there has been a relatively fast migration, especially in the developed markets. The deployment of LTE in fact, was one of fastest technology migrations ever seen. LTE technology is expected to carry the majority of mobile traffic for at least the next decade - alongside a slow transition to 5G.
This BuddeComm Intelligence report provides unique and valuable information on 4G LTE and 5G technologies including future roles and potential uses, industry developments, statistics and challenges.
Number of pages 20
Last updated 17 Jul 2017
Analysts: Paul Budde
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