By now, the industry is familiar with 5G and the potential it presents to service providers as they introduce new services and use cases. But is 5G enough to enable service providers to transform their businesses? Will it change the game in terms of the massive shifts that operators must make to their network architectures, operational economics and services models? Will it help them create value and seal their position in the value chain?
“The SC Conference has always been about innovation and showing at a small scale what will be possible on a large scale a year or so later. Just imagine the scale 5 years from now!” - Rob Vietzke, Internet2 VP of Network Services
Whether it’s a new commercial deployment or a new use-case, there is no single week where 5G doesn’t make news headlines. The momentum of this groundbreaking technology is building as well as the expectations among consumers and the industry. As a result, mobile service providers will have to build their services accordingly.
Every time a subscriber turns on a new 5G device, their expectations about the service will be high – they expect amazing speeds, virtually no latency and a seamless user experience. But first, the subscriber has to be in an area with 5G coverage. 5G radio is one of the critical, top-of-mind requirements for mobile service providers.
A fast base station rollout is key to a first mover advantage in the market, but will that be enough? Currently, there are several examples that suggest otherwise:
The massive growth in devices and applications connected to the internet is driving an explosion in internet traffic. Applications that demand a next-gen experience have new requirements for lower latency, improved synchronization and jitter, lower packet loss, increased quality of service and improved security.