5G LIMITATIONS AND PAIN POINTS
Despite widespread hyperbole and consumer marketing, a full 5G rollout isn't likely in 2020. There are many immediate technology challenges to fulfilling the promise of ubiquitous 5G services (spectrum availability; the development of radio, switching and virtualization standards; government regulations; and real estate acquisition for the many small cell sites needed for broad coverage). We also must consider the need for backward compatibility to 4G radios and wireline bandwidth access. Many of the switches and monitoring tools used by carriers today will continue in service for years to come. Next year we will see 5G-like services release, but with many limitations.
Alastair Hartrup CEO, Network Critical