According to the Ericsson report, investment in 5G will lead to significant winds in the device and network market.
- COVID-19 may have prevented investment in 5G in the short term, but it sheds light on the need for digital infrastructure in the long run.
- Priority is given to 5G connectivity on both the device and the network, as the region normalizes after the pandemic.
- Bandwidth improvements are the main driver of 5G adoption, as well as the introduction of new services such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Despite the economic impact of COVID-19 and the scarcity of semiconductors, investment in 5G is progressing rapidly.
According to the recent Ericsson Mobility Report, service providers continue to activate 5G, with more than 160 services launching commercial 5G services. The report predicts approximately 580 million 5G subscriptions by the end of 2021. This increase is estimated, although COVID-19 suppressed some 5G builds in 2020, causing a shortage of 5G-enabled chips. This is in line with the recent IoT World Today research report. 5G connectivity is a priority for respondents.
“After the pandemic, society plans to return to a more normal situation, so the need to secure and invest in high-quality digital infrastructure is a key factor in the economic recovery,” Ericsson said. It should be on the person’s agenda. “
Bandwidth improvements are the main driver of 5G adoption (60% of respondents) and many expect 5G to allow the introduction of new services (51%). As a result, 72% of respondents trust or are confident that 5G will allow artificial intelligence or artificial reality services. 67% of respondents are confident or confident that 5G will deliver the business benefits promised next year.
The report notes that several new 5G smartphone models are accelerating the demand for 5G public connectivity as well as lower prices for 5G compatible devices. As for the network, more autonomous 5G (SA) networks are being developed that are possible thanks to the network cut and dual connectivity through new radios.
And of course, according to the report, the IoT device itself is an accelerator of 5G connectivity.
By the end of 2026, 44% of mobile IoT connections will be broadband IoT and 4G will connect more, according to the report.
The report indicates that from 2021 to 2022, more IoT infrastructures will be 5GSA. Nen-Autonomous 5G (NSA) is a deployment model that provides 5G services without an end-to-end 5G network. This means that the network depends on the infrastructure of the previous generation (4G LTE).
“In the first half of 2021, we saw the first IoT devices with 5GSA capabilities. 5GSA-enabled modules from multiple vendors are now available and additional module vendors are driving the IoT ecosystem. It is expected, “the report said.” By the second half of 2021, 5G is expected to expand its reach to more types of IoT devices, including cameras, VR headsets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Some of these use cases are expected to evolve with critical communications capabilities over time by 2022. “
However, as stated in the report, there are hurdles to adopting 5G. in particular, semiconductor shortages. It imposes restrictions on 5G adoption.
Wireless WAN collects steam with investments in 5G
The Ericsson report also notes that the proliferation of IoT devices is reducing bandwidth and network performance. The result is a new wireless area network (WWAN) that supports these multiplicative connections. In fact, according to a recent online survey of 499 IT decision makers in the United States and Canada, 40% of organizations already have branches, vehicles, and IoT devices connected via the WAN.
Second, the WAN has become a wireless connection to accommodate the proliferation of edge IoT. WANs, loaded with the ever-increasing variety and speed of connected devices, require border-to-edge network connectivity with agility, flexibility, reliability, security, and performance. It should also be cost effective and easy to manage on a large scale.
“Enter, WWAN” reported. “Whether used as a primary or secondary link to connect fixed locations or as the only connection for IoT devices and fleet vehicles, WAN edge 4G and 5G cellular broadband is essential for modern business operations. As mobile devices continue to proliferate on the edge of the network or out of the field, companies have developed WANs to support their mobile device needs.
Retailers use WWAN to deliver goods and services to their customers’ homes. Healthcare providers are using new technologies to bridge the gap in patient care. First aid takes advantage of connected technology to meet the information needs of the community in real time, keeping people safe and productive. All of these business activities and changing customer preferences require new forms of connectivity.
The report also found that 51% of respondents plan to deploy new services through the WAN.
Finally, according to the report, 5G is the fastest mobile communications technology ever deployed and is expected to cover approximately 60% of the world’s population by 2026.