5G had aggressive rollout plans anyway and COVID has exasperated the need for this new tech. Aligned to this and the political shenaniganss amidst COVID’s time, Huawei had their Annual Analyst Summit with some interesting takeaways.
As if the demands on bandwidth and mobile/remote working were not enough, add in COVID WFH needs. More than ever the demands on bandwidth are upon us and 5G is in sight. However the route is not easy and without its bumps as NOKIA just discovered.
5G will make some lagging use cases a wider reality, for example AR and VR and the obvious gains for the gaming and media/entertainment sector. We need to see however 5G delivering more tangible use case benefits around the likes of education (which will bring benefit across the world due to the lower latency) IOT and wearables which all have the opportunity to accelerate and become mainstream commoditised drivers of 5G adoption. 5G needs to demonstrate not just speed and reliability, but drive capability; the capability to do the new ; innovate and being benefits that will drive the users value aligned to the increased costs.
Cloud is changing the way we do so many things and with telecoms despite an initial false start with the basic VOIP, it has no evolved to a point where telecoms legacy is and has to be disrupted by new cloud scale and power. Far beyond VOIP, telephony itself at the core is ripe for change to benefit us all in both business and our personal lives.