at the beginning of the industry show Mobile World Congress is only taken once-a-Donald Trump on the shovel. “We are not here to talk next year about 6G,” says Rajeev Suri, chief of the network supplier Nokia, on the edge of the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona.
The U.S. President had recently called for the introduction of the not-yet-once-thought-6G technology in the United States “as quickly as possible”. What is spoken of in this year, however, at every booth and at every Event, is 5G, 5G, and back to 5G.
Long was waiting for the super-fast wireless data communications, now he is close enough to touch. And in the spring of Barcelona, the industry is euphoric in light of the opportunities and possibilities that will bring the next generation of mobile communications.
“It is a Revolution and it’s happening now,” says Analyst Mike Cansfield from the IT market research company IDC. 5G promises a lot. Since Internet speeds, with which a Film can be in the highest resolution, and within a few seconds download. Or as short reaction times, industrial machinery and even cars controlled remotely. One end of the capacity constraints for the network operator. The networking of all kinds of technology outside of Wi-Fi Connections. And finally, a new Era for providers of Apps and services – because everyone is always connected to the Cloud.
So the world sounds a-changing, hard-to-5G could be, at least in the beginning of time to the consumers. Because the first 5G applications, the experience, actually pretty much how services from today’s LTE-world – video telephony, for example. As marketed? Close to lying as a more reliable network?
That would be short-sighted, argues IDC Analyst Cansfield. Because in four years, only 4 percent are likely to be 5G online, and 75 percent in LTE networks. “To persuade three-quarters of its customers that they are with a non-reliable connection in the network? Rather not.”
The user connect with 5G high expectations: In a survey of the digital Association Bitkom immediately prior to the MWC three of the said respondents out of four (76 percent), that the promise of 5G is a better network without radio holes. However, this is a topic that is not technically addressed with 5G, but with existing techniques. Two in three respondents expect higher speeds (65 percent), and less power failures (63 percent). Behind is a real 5G-property, namely, short run times for the data (47 percent).
What will cause the providers to Provide: The willingness-to-pay for the expected increase in performance is low. The largest group of respondents (39 per cent) is not willing to pay for 5G of anything more. 25 percent of Smartphone users would be at least willing to pay for 5G per month for less than ten euros in addition, 31 percent of ten to less than 20 euros and only two per cent 20 Euro and more.
So the industry needs the lighthouse applications, and flagship devices, on which you can make the appeal of 5G. This year the are also Smartphones, which you can unfold to a small Tablet. One Argument is that large data content, such as movies were on the way quickly tangible – that is why there is always a demand for larger screens.
The vorpresche manufacturer Samsung and Huawei also hope that your at least 2000 Euro Auffalt phones are subsidised by the network operators, because they hope to more business with Streaming services.
Also new Smartphones from major manufacturers, therefore, come into this season not only hinged, but also 5G capable. “It was important for us that we can provide you with a High-End Smartphone 5G. And if grid operators are ready, you will use it,” said Samsung Manager Mario Winter, most recently, to the decision to bring the new Top model Galaxy 10S in a 5G Version to Germany, although the power in this country, only the frequencies auctioned off. The Chinese Challenger Xiaomi sets a low price brand with a 5G-Smartphone for 599 Euro.
what about the network operators? For Nokia, the has left his Golden days as a market leader in the cell phone business a long time, offers 5G will be a great opportunity. “I am confident that we have the right strategy at the right time,” says Nokia chief Suri. 2019 an exciting year. And: “We expect that by 2020 will be a year of growth for the market and for Nokia.”
competitor Huawei, which is also based on grid expansion, is currently, however, due to security concerns in the West, under pressure. The United States to warn, among other things, from industrial espionage. Concerns are also expressed as to whether technology from Huawei in a potential cyber conflict, attacks from China and other regions could keep it or whether a back door for the attacker would be installed.
In Barcelona, Huawei provided with its hinged Smartphone Mate X for the attention of the network equipment division was, at first, hear much. For the consumer division chief Richard Yu put his Hand to the fire: “We leave no backdoor for any government”, – said the Top Manager in Barcelona.
Vodafone chief Executive Nick Read has warned Barcelona that a waiver of network technology from Huawei in mobile radio networks could delay the 5G introduction in Europe by two years. The largest negative effect in this case, the necessary large-scale replacement of technology in the infrastructure.
the chief of The UK mobile group looks at exclusion from Huawei is also a supply problem for the industry. After a concentration wave, there would now be only three major network equipment manufacturers. If you could access them only on two – Ericsson and Nokia would be bad for innovation and security of supply.