Operators struggle to make business case for 5G

Article by: by Matt Kapko FierceWireless

Despite all the hype and excitement surrounding 5G, operators are still in the very early stages of deploying next-generation networks and struggling to make a business case for 5G. On a global basis, most 5G rollouts will continue through 2022, according to a new survey from McKinsey.

Most of 2019 will be dedicated to preparing and planning for 5G, according to the firm’s survey of 46 chief technology officers directly involved in 5G development plans around the world. While nearly half of the operators included in the survey have already engaged in or completed 5G pilots, only 30% of respondents plan to roll out 5G on a large scale in 2020.

North American operators are leading by a wide margin though, with 56% planning to have large-scale deployments of 5G completed before 2020. The remaining North American carriers represented in the survey plan to reach that level by the end of 2022. Globally, 31% expect to reach large-scale deployment before 2020, 61% expect to hit that mark by the end of 2022 and 8% may not get there until the end of 2025, according to McKinsey.

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