After dominance in 4G technology, Chinese telecom service providers hope to take lead in 5G as well. The Chinese operators hope to launch 5G networks by 2020 and plan to establish the country as the world’s largest 5G market by 2025. Recently released GSMA report says that 5G connections will touch 428 million by 2025, which will be nearly 40% of the 1.1 billion global 5G connections.
5G is yet to be standardized but it is expected to offer ubiquitous coverage and latency of less than a millisecond. This will be key in supporting services such as augmented reality, real-time Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality and many other mission-critical applications across many industry verticals.
Chinese telcos, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom plan to test the technology from 2017 to 2019 before commercially launching it by 2020. The operators across the globe are divided about which strategy to adopt for setting up 5G network. While a section believes that it is best to construct new base stations to site 5G equipment, other operators want to use the existing infrastructure by supplementing it with small cell deployment to ensure ubiquitous coverage.The second strategy will allow 4G and 5G networks to co-exist.
Enterprise segment is likely to emerge as a major consumer of 5G services as the main characteristics of the technology make it perfect for a number of business-related services and applications.
In the initial stages, 5G networks are likely to be used to boost the capacity of 4G networks to support the ever-increasing demand for capacity and internet connectivity.