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LGL8054   Tuesday, 02/20/18 09:54:12 AM
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Probably the biggest bet out there today is 5G. 5G is the catchy name for the fifth generation of wireless technology based on the 802.11ac standard. It promises far greater speed and coverage than 4G and the ability to enable pretty much any of the much hyped IoT, driverless car and smart city applications you’ve read about are predicated on it working – and working well.

For consumers, it means much faster access to the kinds of services we are becoming addicted to – 5G will let you download a full HD movie in a matter of seconds, by increasing download speeds up to 10 gigabits per second and significantly reducing latency. If you’ve ever travelled on Singapore’s MRT you’ll have no doubt about the all-encompassing demand for fast access to video content on the move.

5G also made a lot of noise at last year’s CES, but at that point we were further from real world implementation. Today we have multiple tests underway, such as those at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and the final AT&T trial now underway in Texas. In fact, it has been suggested that rollouts will begin in earnest in 2020.

However, it isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. 5G requires a hefty investment from carriers. In 2017 Barclays estimated that covering the USA with a 5G network would cost roughly $300 billion – a view based on the idea of a revamp and installation of multiple extra mobile sites, something carriers are unlikely to want to invest in. The costs of implementing 5G are astronomical, and potentially prohibitive. Bloomberg estimated a spend of approximately $200 billion per operator in terms of the R&D investment and implementation cost

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