5G TECHNOLOGY TREND RESEARCH

5G IS THE BACKBONE OF FUTURE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

Enhanced mobile broadband – massive IoT – mission critical control

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WHAT’S NEXT?

With SONAR Trend Platform Reply is able to create an overview and mapping of relevant trends related to 5G Network Technology, based on their occurrence within expert media articles, mass media, patents and scientific publications. 
Discover more about Reply's survey on current developments in the field of 5G.


SETTING THE SCENE

The introduction of 5G wireless technology marks the leap into a new age of "hyperconnectivity", enabling the connection and interaction of billions of people and things while promising to unleash the potential of technology fields such as Artificial Intelligence or Extended Reality. While this long-term perspective is quite remarkable, in the coming years it will mean above all faster network connections with enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) services.

5G WILL CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES BASED ON DATA AND CONNECTIVITY THAT WILL TRANSFORM MANY INDUSTRIES.

MASSIVE IOT

With 75 billion IoT-enabled devices expected by 2025, 5G will enable this growth along with the amount of data they generate, ushering in an era of Massive IoT.

MISSION CRITICAL CONTROL

5G will be particularly groundbreaking in Mission Critical Control usage scenarios – based on a stable and low-latency connection – such as medical tele-surgery, remote control of critical infrastructures or autonomous driving.

EVOLUTION OF WIRELESS NETWORK TECHNOLOGY

The technology that enables wireless communication between devices has, over the last four decades, delivered first voice services and later mobile data and the Internet. 5G now promises to profoundly change wireless technology as well as society, and not just by simply improving 4G. Rather, 5G has been designed primarily to open up new use cases for businesses where speed, reliability and reduced latency are critical.

1G

Basic voice services, analog based protocols, mobile connectivity

2G

Digital voice calls, text messaging, better capacity & coverage, basic data services, GSM & CDMA

3G

Multimedia internet, mobile broadband, introduction of smartphones

4G

Data and mobile internet, IP-based protocols (LTE), fast mobile broadband

5G

Enhanced mobile broadband, 100 times faster than 4G network, including HD, services for automotive, agriculture or healthcare, hologram transmissions, wireless for industry

6G

Ultra-fast edge, low-
latency in real time

1990

VOICE

2000

DATA

2010

INTERNET

2020

2030

HYPERCONNECTIVITY

2040

LOW FREQUENCY

Wide coverage area and good building penetration, but low peak data speeds

HIGH FREQUENCY

Very high speeds with extremely low latency, but limited coverage area and poor building penetration. Antenna technology is necessary to ensure the the functionality of devices.

WHAT DRIVES THE WORLD OF 5G?

EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR MOBILE CONNECTIVITY

The demand for faster, more consistent and reliable connections seems to be growing by the day, whether for safety-critical V2V/V2E applications in autonomous vehicles, in IoT devices to make life more comfortable, or simply for the use and sharing of high-quality video content.

GLOBAL COMPETITION FOR TECH LEADERSHIP

In a constant quest for innovation, companies compete to become technology leaders. Some of them are already lagging behind in the development of 5G-enabled infrastructure and devices, and critics see that this will affect their prospects not only now but also for the next generation of wireless technology.

(GLOBAL) STANDARDS & REGULATIONS

Regulatory authorities at national, global and industrial or vertical level need to work together to address the challenges of 5G and IoT in terms of interoperability and technical standards, spectrum and licensing, identifiers, competition, quality of service, roaming, privacy and cybersecurity.

5G Technology Trend Hype-Cycle

Here's an overview and illustration of the relevant trends around 5G Network Technology, based on their appearance in trade media, mass media, patents and scientific publications.

STAGNATING
TRENDS

Trends with an above average number of articles over the last 6 months, but declining or low growth compared to the year before

EARLY
TRENDS

Trends with a low number of articles over the last 6 months, and declining or low growth compared to the year before.

BOOMING
TRENDS

Trends with an above average number of articles over the last 6 months, which is even higher than the year before.

UPCOMING
TRENDS

Trends with a low number of articles over the last 6 months, but with a high growth compared to year before.

Growth Volume

Timeframe: Jul. - Dec. 2018 vs. Jul. - Dec. 2019
For comprehensibility values for volume and growth are standardized and normalized (values from 0-100).

The arrow in the illustration above implies a typical trend development and a life cycle from a small and growing trend – which is discussed in relatively few scientific articles and publications – to a larger, established trend with stagnating growth, which has long been discussed in various media and has shifted from niche circles into the mainstream.

A CLOSER LOOK INTO TRENDING 5G TOPICS

With Sonar it is possible for Reply to gain insight into the main trending topics within the 5G cosmos. Learn more about enhanced Mobile Broadband, Massive Internet of Things and Mission Critical Control.

ENHANCED MOBILE BROADBAND

ENHANCED MOBILE BROADBAND

ENHANCED MOBILE BROADBAND

With the global roll-out of commercial 5G networks, the first use cases can be seen in the area of extended Mobile Broadband (eMBB), which enables an increasingly digital and connected lifestyle. The most important trend topics in this area are 5G Livestreaming & Video, Extended Reality (XR) and 5G Ultra High Definition Gaming – namely applications that require very high bandwidth. In keeping with this theme, Microsoft gave a preview of its xCloud project and Google launched its video game streaming service Stadia.

Most mentions were made of Huawei as the leading 5G provider, followed by Apple, which fueled rumors of a 5G iPhone with the purchase of Intel's mobile chip unit. Mediatek created the world's first independent 5G NR call in a multi-vendor environment and Amazon Web Services has teamed up with Verizon for 5G edge cloud computing.

Samsung and SK Telecom partner to build a 5G-capable 8K TV.

$36.6BN Global video streaming market in 2018. 19.6% CAGR forecasted from 2019-2025

3D visualization company Unity Technologies raised >$600M, nearly doubling its valuation to $6BN.

ALREADY EXISTING

Valorem Reply’s 3D conferencing technology, HoloBeam, is breaking down geographic barriers to teamwork and collaboration. Using 3D depth, motion, and full color volumetric video and a standard internet connection, from anywhere in the world, in real-time, and with no perceptible delay, this transformative meeting technology instantly transforms any meeting into an engaging experience that saves time and improves communication.

NTT Docomo announced that during pilot tests in cooperation with the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), it achieved what is believed to be the world's first mobile communication in the 28 GHz band (5G) between base stations and a high-speed train travelling at 283 km/h. Ultra-high-speed data and high-quality video files were successfully transmitted.

MASSIVE INTERNET OF THINGS

MASSIVE INTERNET OF THINGS

MASSIVE INTERNET OF THINGS

With a constantly growing number of connected devices communicating with each other, IoT is increasingly becoming the vital link between "things", "people" and "processes". The 5G standard increases the connection density to 1 million devices per square kilometer (compared to the 4G standard of ~60K) – leading to the age of Massive IoT (MIoT). Consumer IoT, Smart Cities and Smart Buildings are currently the dominant and fastest growing areas of interest.

The largest players with the most mentions in the MIoT section are AT&T and Huawei, followed by Apple and Qualcomm, which has launched a Smart Cities Accelerator program, and Verizon. Huawei has also made it to the top of the "trending players" with the opening of a 5G innovation center in London, followed by Mediatek, which was named "IoT Semiconductor Company of the year" at the IoT Breakthrough Awards 2019. This is followed by Apple and Microsoft, which together with AT&T is integrating 5G into the Microsoft cloud, and Xiaomi.

4.1BN Number of cellular IoT subscriptions by 2024
(Ericsson November 2018)

Smart Home start-up Level Home emerges from stealth and raises $71M from Walmart and Lennar.

Alibaba-backed facial recognition start-up Megvii raises $750M.

ALREADY EXISTING

China Eastern Airlines, China Unicom Beijing and Huawei have joined forces to introduce an intelligent 5G travel service system at the new Beijing International Airport Daxing. 5G-enabled services, such as facial recognition for check-in and security, personalized airport experiences and paperless baggage services, are part of the first wave of new 5G-enabled intelligent air travel services aimed at improving the passenger experience at airports.

Mercedes-Benz Cars and Telefónica Deutschland have set up the world's first 5G indoor mobile communications network for automobile production, offering gigabit data rates with short latency times for industrial data communication and digitized vehicle assembly.

MISSION CRITICAL CONTROL

MISSION CRITICAL CONTROL

MISSION CRITICAL CONTROL

While early 5G application scenarios focus on enhanced broadband, the next generation of 5G networks will support a range of Mission Critical Communication (MCC) applications with highly specific, sensitive requirements in complex environments where uninterrupted and real-time data exchange is essential. The trends in the Mission Critical Control sector with the highest growth rates since 2018 are Autonomous Vehicles, Industrial Automation, Robots and Drones.

Since 5G is one of the future backbone technologies for autonomous driving, the first 5G networks are also being rolled out on dedicated test sites. Furthermore, 5G-supported drones and robots could further increase the productivity of industry.

Huawei as well as AT&T, which is working on 5G robots for retail stores, are among the top players. They are followed by Verizon, and Qualcomm, which won the EU Connected Car Battle on rules and presented the first IIoT initiative, and Nokia, which has brought 5G in Industry 4.0 testing to the factory floor.

In 2019, the world's first remote-controlled brain surgery using 5G was performed in China.

$130BN Global telemedicine market by 2025 (2018: $38.5BN; CAGR 19.2%) Global Market Insights March 2019

ALREADY EXISTING

Qwake, a San Francisco-based start-up, has developed da C-Thru, an augmented reality headset with integrated thermal imaging technology and 5G connectivity that helps firefighters see through black smoke to locate victims more easily. Future versions of the helmet will provide location tracking and AI to support filtering through visual and sound sources to convey key information.

TIM and the Municipality of Turin have strengthened their collaboration in technological innovation and set a new record, turning on Europe’s first 5G Edge Cloud live network with connected drones. To highlight some of the ways TIM’s new 5G Edge Cloud network can be used, network connected drones for environmental and infrastructure monitoring have been tested.

BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS


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    AUGMENTED & ENHANCED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

    5G connectivity is a critical component in the large-scale adoption of XR technology solutions that offer customers an enhanced visual and seamless experience, combined with tailored content, faster response times and mobile applications.

    Immersive customer experiences create unforgettable moments, new emotional touch points, new service opportunities and the potential to increase brand loyalty. Strategic partnerships between content and service providers are a promising path to success.

  • LARGE PRODUCTIVITY GAINS

    At a time of high market volatility, declining margins and shorter product lifecycles, 5G network technology combined with IoT technology will help companies significantly improve efficiency and profitability.

    5G will change manufacturing with increasing automation, remote control, AR-supported processes or VR training. According to a study by ABI Research, 5G technology will reduce production times by a factor of 10 compared to 4G connections.

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    NEW WORK ENVIRONMENTS & REMOTE SURGERY

    A seamless and reliable Internet connection enables remote collaboration and teleconferencing as XR technologies have advanced to the point where participants feel like they are in the same room. Highly skilled employees with rare skills will be able to easily perform tasks remotely, thus addressing the problem of skill shortages in some industries.

    Life-saving surgeries or remote consultations by highly specialized doctors will also be possible in remote or rural areas, as they will be supported by fast and reliable image transmission.

  • IOT-DRIVEN INNOVATION

    5G technology will lead to a hyper-connected world with an ever-increasing number of networked things communicating with each other. This, in turn, will create a multitude of new IoT-oriented and data-driven business opportunities and commercial usage scenarios that exploit the real-time data potential.

    More and more IoT solutions will be tailored to the specific needs of the industry, adding a digital layer to the analog world, monitoring end-to-end business processes and lifecycles and creating services for a networked ecosystem.

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