New technology always starts out at premium prices and big business is often the first to invest in premium priced products.

Today 4G LTE is nearly ubiquitous along Interstate corridors but there are still lots of places in North America where even 3G is hard to find. Even Wi-Fi is limited in many of these areas.

5G might be the entry into true high-performance “Star Trek like” universal communications but it is still years away for millions.


As you already know when we had a transformation from 3G to 4G there was a lot of hype about it. And I must say now as we are growing into the internet of things. We need more power subject to the internet. This related directly to the infrastructure available for us. But assuming that it will take quite a lot of time to get the 5G infrastructure in place. It seems that the early adopters of 5G will be only business users.

Experts view is by 2020 we will have the first version of 5G available for the business use case. But that does not mean you will be able to just purchase a 5G device from the market and start using the high-speed internet on the go. It will take at least 3 years in order to deliver for retail consumers.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said about the vision on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings:

I would say over time, 3- to 5-year time horizon, unequivocally, 5G will serve as broadband — a fixed broadband replacement product. I am very convinced that will be the case, and we are, obviously, on a standards-based path. We want a standards-based path that is mobile first. Back in the 90s, everybody was saying wireless would never serve a substitute for the fixed line with voice because there wasn’t sufficient capacity, well it is a substitute for voice. We said the same thing on broadband in terms of would a wireless device serve as a broadband replacement broadly in the iPhone and then LTE really began to make that a reality. And then as we look at 5G, will you have enough capacity to have a good broadband product that serves as a streaming service or all of your DIRECTV NOW, your Netflix, etcetera?

I absolutely am convinced that we will have that capacity, particularly as we turn up millimetre wave spectrum. That’s where the capacity and the performance comes from, and that’s where you will begin to see a true replacement opportunity for fixed line broadband. So I have little doubt that in the 3- to 5-year time horizon, you’ll start to see the substitution of wireless for fixed line broadband.

Ironically, one of the top use cases, early use cases for 5G are businesses wanting to deploy 5G as effectively in their land environment. And so think about a wireless plug-and-play environment, so that is truly wireless replacing fixed line is a high-speed Internet solution.

Here is an easy comparison for you to understand how long it will take on different speeds to download a blue ray movie:

Recent comments from big wireless network companies illustrate how they would like to go forward with 5G:

  1. There’s a huge competition to be first in 5G spectrum. Everyone is thinking to have their 5G services up and running, but the scale will come with more precision and standards-based approaches.
  2. Network Carriers and smartphone companies will launch there product and services to take up 5G, but a wider rollout of devices might take up to 2020 to be in retail customers hands.
  3. 5G is estimated to be available in 3- to 5-year time. And that will be the new horizon to really make a big change in common man’s life.
  4. Network Carriers hoping that 5G could replace the old age fixed-line broadband.
  5. Private networks built by enterprises looking to upgrade their networks with 5G just to make sure they don’t lose in this race.

Gartner: features of 5G will change enterprise networking:

In a shift from traditional cellular deployments, organizations will benefit from private network deployments that replace or augment campus Wi-Fi networks and wired in-building networks for applications such as factory automation and surveillance.