5G – the fifth generation of cellular technology – is about to go mainstream, introducing broadband-like speeds without the wires.
will handle a massively increased data load.
Telecom regulators delay 5G spectrum auctions*
What will 5G disrupt first?
Companies push back
plans to launch and advance devices compatible with 5G
will benefit from remote medical monitoring, medication and surgeries.
What could stand
In the way of 5G?
connects industrial processes and robots.
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will benefit from upgraded communications systems for first-responder networks and automated car-to-car and car-to-person communications.
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As 5G broadband spreads, its cost falls
Percentages indicate 5G market share in the US and the analysis assumes population density of 1000 homes/sq. km.
What is Standalone 5G?
A more advanced, self-contained network for all use cases.
The Long-term view
will help maintain computing infrastructure
in physical locations closer to users, reducing delays
in the processing and delivery of information.
A boost in
the wireless equipment market
Rollouts for smartphones will accelerate by 2020 as 5G handsets become more widespread.
Consumers will be able to source mobile and home broadband access from the same wireless carrier, footing a single bill for both services.
Many users in suburban areas, particularly in the US, get to pick from multiple broadband providers for the first time.
* To advance the commercialization of the technology, regulators
around the world are conducting high-band 5G spectrum auctions.
Differences in technology standards between Asia-Pacific and Western markets
allow better remote data management for utilities and logistics players.
5G is hitting the U.S. market first, with Asia not far behind, although an escalation in trade tensions could see delays in the rollout of 5G in Greater China. Adoption in Europe will be slower as a result of the region’s high population density and lower-cost broadband infrastructure.
Click through to see the price of connecting a home with 5G change
as the adoption rate increases
Company data, Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research
Eventually, 5G will allow machines to communicate with each other almost instantaneously. Its speed and reach could prove game-changing for our increasingly connected world, with use cases ranging from automating factories to boosting the safety of autonomous vehicles.
What is Non-standalone 5G?
A 5G network that uses existing 4G infrastructure and can be used for home broadband and smartphones.
Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research
Discover the areas Goldman Sachs says 5G will disrupt first, the technology's impact on consumers and companies, and what the future will look like.
Click on the circles to see
how 5G will be implemented
Even if telecom players spend the same amount investing in 5G technologies as they did
on 4G and not more, the market will grow.
1 billion homes globally without a fixed connection could
get access to 5G broadband.
5G broadband is up to 65% cheaper to deploy to homes than fiber. Its speed will also allow carriers to handle the increasing amount of data traffic on smartphones in a cost-effective way.
Over the next decade, 5G is set to change the
way underserved communities access high-speed data and allow a faster and greater flow of information between devices.
5G on smartphones
A more seamless experience
When and where will 5G be rolled out first?
The Future Unplugged
will become safer and more reliable as a result of faster data processing and better sensor efficiency.
Broadband speeds of more than one gigabit per second will become a reality with 5G technology – without the need to dig up roads and connect fiber to homes.
So-called fixed wireless access
will lower the cost of installing broadband, and those costs will fall further as more households take up the service.
Medium to High