The Director Speaks - " 5G Will Accelerate Real-Time Business Processes"
It is with much glee that we watch the accelerating pace of 5G activity announcements. Verizon is expanding their trial footprint. AT&T has demonstrated 5G support of DirecTV. Samsung and Nokia have announced program expansions. China Mobile is accelerating their efforts. GE, Nokia, and Intel have announced private network system 5G trial for IOT. These are not technology trials, these are customer facing trials which demonstrate the service is rapidly approaching commercialization. While it is true that the full 5G standard has not yet been ratified, these efforts show that there are some 5G configurations and some applications that could become generally available well before the standard driven ratification process. It would not be unreasonable to start seeing flavors of 5G in the open market as early as 2018 even though the formal standards processes may drag into the year 2020. We see these advance versions of 5G as good news for business and consumers. The research we did with Professor El Sawy shows that we live in an on-demand culture and that everyone accepts that time is our most precious resource. The speed/quality of the 5G network will serve to improve the customer experience and that is the metric that should underlie all other measures of success.