With network operators hoping to score a leg up on competitors and vendors hoping to reignite equipment sales, the wireless industry is rushing headlong into a 5G future. Indeed, the push is such that some top operators are planning to launch commercial 5G services years in advance of a final, complete and official standard for the technology. However, many of these early implementations of 5G promise to offer fixed access only – the mobile component of 5G may not become commercially available until the turn of the next decade. These fixed applications could provide operators with the chance to extend gigabyte-speed internet services directly into users’ homes without the need to laying expensive cabling.
Nonetheless, these fixed 5G applications will likely stand as a precursor to true, mobile 5G services. Such services promise to allow wireless users the same flexibility in services they receive today, expect with speeds that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
But questions remain: How will early-mover operators move from a fixed to a mobile 5G scenario? How will standards evolve to support both of these 5G applications? And what business challenges might carriers on both sides – those that wait for standards and those that deploy ahead of those specifications – face as a result of their decisions?
This Fierce luncheon will delve into these questions and more with a no-holds-barred panel of top industry executives and experts!