While most mobile service providers were initially promising a wide-spread roll out of 5G in 2020, they’ve become a bit more reserved over the past twelve months. Here’s what we have been able to piece together from each carriers statements to the press, and their presentations at Mobile World Congress 2018.
Several providers have ‘announced’ launches of 5G service later this year. 5G will be a game changer in terms of speed, latency and capacity, but to achieve these benefits there are many complicated variables that must be addressed before a true 5G offering can be introduced.
The introduction of 5G will be very complex. Industry standards must be agreed upon, all new hot spots must be deployed by providers, compatible devices must be designed and manufactured. And since the capacity of 5G is so much higher than 4G, major infrastructure changes will needed as well.