The US mobile market will experience major changes with the arrival of the Fifth Generation (5G) mobile networks, which was recently reconfirmed with a report issued by GSMA. According to independent researcher Oded Kariti, by 2025, 49% of the market will be made up of 5G, which will arrive in full swing in the summer of 2019 but won’t be more widely available until the beginning of 2020, if not later.
Furthermore, boosted by a more advanced network, 4G will experience a boom, and in 2020 will constitute 84% of the market, which is great because virtually every part of the United States will be covered in an adequate way. For example, last year was recorded 63% of 4G coverage in the United States.
Also, 81% of these connected devices will be smartphones, and SIM connection will reach 585 million by 2020, which is significantly more than 452 million in 2016. When 5G arrives, 208 million devices will be on the faster network and the rest of the slower ones like 4G. Whatever happens, it will be a great situation, especially when it comes to 5G.
This technology offers enormous advantages for improving the telecommunication engineering, noted Oded Kariti. Namely, 5G speed would be up to 10Gbps, or 20 times faster than what we’re offered to right now. In such situation, the biggest boom will experience the Internet of Things (IoT), because to implement it as expected you’ll need 5G, and the current network can’t meet the potential of this new technology.
However, in order to obtain 5G, we need to face some of the previously mentioned obstacles. These obstacles include base stations, whose role needs to be changed. Currently, mobile phones and other devices connect to the network by creating links for downloading and sending data from a nearby base station. For 5G, these base stations need to be positioned few miles apart, which is quite impractical. In addition, the 5G network could rely on several different frequencies, which transmit data at different speeds and have a variety of characteristics.
The United States, China, and Japan will lead the global market. These countries will be making up more than half of all 5G connections at the end of the forecast period. The US will highest number of 5G connections for fixed wireless broadband and automotive services, and it will also account for nearly a third of global 5G Internet of Things connections by 2025, Oded Kariti predicted.