5G commercial market takes off: Page 3 of 3

September 17, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
5G commercial market takes off
Developing much more quickly than the previous generation 4G LTE standard, the 5G market has seen a total 31 5G commercial service launches globally by the end of the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest 5G research report from IHS Markit | Technology.

eMBB and fixed wireless

Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and fixed wireless access (FWA) are the primary use cases for 5G launches. The split between the services varies dramatically by region. A total of 72 percent of 5G launches by European operators in the first half were exclusively for eMBB services, compared to just 50 percent of the 5G launches in the Middle East.

Some operators, mainly in the Middle East, exclusively offer FWA. In Europe and Asia, there are operators that offer both FWA and eMBB services.
Pricing plans vary from inexpensive plan upgrades for a small fee to brand new pricing plans that focus on data usage, devices, unlimited talk or other benefits such as free access to mobile TV, VR, game packs or sports streaming.

For further information: 5G Commercial Launches – Q2 2019 report.


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