Ericsson launches 5G report

James Pearce
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5G Readiness Report found half of operators claim to have a "clear strategy" for deployment of 5G

Ericsson has launched a global report examining how service providers are preparing for the fifth generation of mobile connectivity (5G).

The 5G Readiness Survey took in the views of 50 executives at 29 global operators, finding that the main drivers in choice of use cases for 5G is revenue growth and cost savings.

Just over a third (34%) of the respondents said their 5G activities are in the “development” phase, while a third (32%) said they were currently holding trials. 22% said they are in the initial planning stage, while just 8% said they were in the midst of commercial deployment.

All of the respondents said they had at least some focus on 5G technologies, with 54% claiming to already have a clear strategy in place.

The biggest focus was on consumers, with 90% saying they were developing a consumer-driven strategy. 46% said they were focussed on business users, while 34% said they had a focus on specialised industries.

The key consideration in monetising 5G was third-part collaboration and the Internet of Things, both a consideration for 93% of respondents.

86% said they needed to provide an industry specific services to monetise 5G, the same number that said they need to find new revenue-sharing models. And 61% ruled out simply raising rates for consumers, saying they are “tapped out”.

Arun Bansal, head of business unite network products at Ericsson, said: "Ericsson believes that 5G is the foundation for realizing the full potential of the Networked Society. We are partnering with our customers to be early to 5G by driving standards, building the strongest global 5G ecosystem and helping them innovate with 5G solutions that are purpose-built for real-world applications. Our goal is to have our customers minimize risk and ensure success during this critical transformation."