The first 5G smartphones ready to meet the next-generation mobile standards will be available for the market in 2019 or 2020 according to major industry players who are shaping the fast-emerging 5g phone ecosystem.
Steven Mollenkopf, chief executive of the world’s top maker of smartphone chips, said in an interview that rising consumer and business demands were forcing the industry to accelerate its previous 2020 timeline to upgrade to new networks and devices.
“You will see it (5G) in real devices, on the shelf, in 2019. And if I were to answer that same question a year ago, I would have said 2020“, Mollenkopf said in an interview on the sidelines of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Also, profitable of the 5g phone appears to have developed energetically to raise the income of network gear makers like Huawei, and Nokia, as well as device makers like Samsung Electronics and Apple by allowing the request for new features and tools upgrades.
The Benefit of moving to new networks promises to enable new mobile services and even whole new business models but could pose challenges for industries unable to invest in upgrades. Besides, 5g phone standards will deliver not just faster phone or computer data but link up cars, machines, and cargo and crop equipment to the Internet.
The Qualcomm executive Mollenkopf said, “South Korea, Japan, and the United States all now had several network operators in each market preparing mainstream network launches in 2019, with China likely to join this early wave rather than hanging behind”.
In further, “You will see robust demand in all of those locations, meaning that there are multiple operators wanting to be first and not be left behind. Most will have a different deployment strategy or goal,” he said, fuelling competition for new users.
China, far and away the world’s largest market for phones, has traditionally lagged behind these early adopters, but Mollenkopf has forecasted that they will likely join the first movers to a 5g phone.
“What we are seeing in China is a real desire not to be a follower and to launch with everyone else. That’s new this time. From a geopolitical perspective, certain regions of the world just don’t want to be late to that game,” he said.
The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and South Korea, in February 2018 is expected to be the first widespread public showcase for the 5g phone services.