Further, the 5G pace is quickening. Operators across the globe, from the United States to Japan, are rushing forward with their 5G plans. An industry that initially expected 5G launches to hit in the 2020 timeframe now expects to see substantial action on the front as early as next year. This, of course, raises a critical question: How will operators make money from 5G?
It’s a question that has enormous ramifications for all the players in the wireless ecosystem, from wireless network operators to equipment vendors to backhaul suppliers to technology providers. And it’s a question that remains cloudy at best.