In the past few years, 5G has moved from being a vision, through an intense process of standards development, to extensive trials around the world.
The first real commercial launches of service will probably happen in around a year. 5G will be less of a step change in performance from 4G than previous generational shifts, and it will probably be introduced more gradually by operators. These initial deployments will not achieve all of the capabilities of the original ITU vision for 5G – because these are not needed to deliver the expectations of customers in the next few years.
China and the US are likely to be the leaders in consumer adoption of 5G, driven by a national strategy and by competition. European operators are likely to focus more on applications for 5G in new market sectors, called ‘verticals’. One of these ‘verticals’ is broadcasting and media.
In the last few years, 5G has developed from an abstract concept through an intense process of standards development to extensive field trials around the world. The first genuinely commercial 5G networks are likely to be launched in around a year, and by 2023 there are predicted to be more than a billion 5G users.
However, 5G is designed to offer far more than improved services for smartphones: it will provide mobile services for a wide range of industry sectors (usually called ‘verticals’) – one of which is broadcasting and media.
This paper gives an overview and insight into the development of 5G, some predictions of how it will evolve in the future, and the opportunities that