This IDC study examines the adoption of 5G — as many more operators target 2020 as a launching point for 5G services — through the lens of traditional mobile subscribers and cellular IoT connections across the Americas, Asia/Pacific, and Europe.
"While there is a lot to be excited about 5G, and there are impressive early success stories to fuel that enthusiasm, the road to realizing the full potential of 5G beyond eMBB is a longer-term endeavor, with a great deal of work yet to be done on standards (3GPP Releases 16 and 17), regulations, spectrum allocations, and new use case development," says Jason Leigh, research manager for Mobility at IDC. "Despite the fact that many of the more futuristic use cases involving 5G remain three to five years from commercial scale, mobile subscribers will be drawn to 5G connectivity for high-definition video streaming, low-latency gaming, and AR/VR applications in the near term."
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