It appears that 5G will commercially launch at the start of 2020 by both Optus and Telstra; However, what will the differences be between the two? And what about Vodafone, as they have been pretty quiet on the whole matter?
From the information we can gather, it looks like Optus and Telstra are actually taking quite different strategies around how their 5G networks will operate and how they will go to market.
Optus Will Use 5G for the Fixed Broadband Market
From the coverage maps that Optus has published so far, it looks like their strategy will be to utilise 5G to tackle the fixed Broadband market, but with a wireless 5G solution. Ultimately, this strategy would cherry pick services from NBN by providing faster and more mobile solutions for customers in these areas with generous, and in some cases unlimited, data downloads. What this means is that in the short term, i.e. the first few years of 5G, Optus will not look to provide a national mobility coverage network, or even capital city coverage, rather it will focus on many pockets of connectivity to support this strategy. Longer-term, the expectation would be that they would then extend this further.
Telstra Will Create a Complete Mobility 5G Solution
Telstra is looking slightly different in their approach. Telstra has so far deployed over 200 5G base stations, Telstra is looking to try and create coverage across all main capital cities to give a complete mobility 5G solution where users will be able to roam across these areas and experience the advantages of 5G on the go.
This style of rollout is more complex, as 5G requires short cell rather than long cell technology, meaning that towers need to be 100s of meters apart rather than KMs to support denser data capacity, which provides the gigabit speeds that 5G can provide. This means that you’ll need far more towers, with a lot more fibre and backhaul connecting it all together.
When Will 5G Really Hit The Market?
Carriers do not expect 5G to really hit mass market until 2021, mostly because of the expectation around when Apple and Samsung will commercially release a device with 5G capability. Until that stage, 5G will likely be utilised next year by the techies and customers that are more likely to purchase a non-mainstream devices to experience the technology.
Why will 5G be so important going forward?
In the past, there have been around 5 to 8 years between each generation of network, from 1G all the way to 4G. Each generation has brought more capacity and more capability. Could you imagine using Facebook or Instagram on the old 2G network with your Nokia 3310? That would be painful now that we’re all used to 4G, so just imagine how 5G will feel!
So where will 5G take us?
Well, I’m thinking it will take the form of driverless vehicles, more automation in manufacturing, connected devices across health, fitness, home & business and yes of course, significantly faster speed access to the internet.
There will be a bunch of products and services that will be created over the coming years that do not exist today. Fundamentally 5G will be the support foundation for many new innovations to come in the future.
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