Originally published June 1, 2018
5G has three primary use cases associated with it—enhanced mobile broadband, massive internet of things connectivity and ultra-reliable, low-latency communications for mission critical services. In the U.S. carriers are racing to commercialize fixed wireless 5G to deliver consumer home broadband services and evolve from there to mobile services. Both Verizon and AT&T plan commercial launches in multiple cities this year. This decided focus on consumer services stands in contrast to the view on 5G elsewhere in the world where industry leaders are looking toward industrial enablement as a key revenue source.
In an interview with RCR Wireless News during 5G Americas’ 5G New Horizons Wireless Symposium in Austin, Texas, Colin Willcock, chairman of the 5G Infrastructure Association, said Europe might not be first to deploy the next generation of wireless because ecosystem interests are more focused on enablement of vertical transformation rather than standing up enhanced consumer-facing services.