5 IT Networking Trends for 2019

1. 5G Will Not Change Your Life in 2019

5G announcements by major wireless carriers and other tech organizations are reaching a fevered pitch. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile/Sprint, China Mobile, Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and many others are throwing their hat into the 5G ring. With the first round of 3GPP Release 15 standards approved, the technological foundation is laid. However there is much more to be done. The 3GPP “functional freeze” has been delayed until March 2019 and subsequent Release 16 has been moved out to March of 2020. There is still much negotiation to be dealt with by vendors requesting standard changes that favor one architecture or another. Therefore, the carrier announcements about 5G deployment in 2019, are mostly limited market trials and positioning for the future. While the potential is enormous, so is the cost and complexity of a broad market roll out.