Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have started to roll out 5G networks in many parts of the world. Marketed 5G business cases and application areas that are supposed to lead to Return of Investment (ROI) for these networks often comprise:
- Faster speed and more data. In other words, more of the mobile broadband you already have today. Marketing activities in this are often about how fast you can download a movie to your phone.
- Ultra-low latency. This is where you find marketing buzz around remote surgery and ability to control machines in a mine. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications are often mentioned as well, sometimes along with edge computing.
- (Industrial) Internet of Things use cases. The 5G pitch (over 4G, LoRaWAN and other Low Power Wide Area Network standards) includes the ability to connect very high numbers of devices in a defined area.
- Self-driving cars. A vision that a self-driving car would be controlled remotely rather than using on-boarded video/sensor systems for driverless navigation and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
- Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). This means that rather than digging down fiber cables all over a country, the last mile access to your home or office could be handled by a 5G radio link.