While digital transformation remains a high priority for most organizations, the technology landscape has shifted towards innovations such as augmented reality, virtual reality, IoT, and the metaverse. According to the IEEE, 5G is a key technology that should enable these innovations in the future.
The IEEE recently conducted a survey of 350 IT professionals around the world, such as CTOs, CIOs, and CIOs. In its October 2022 report “Impact of Tech in 2023”, the organization found that a large number of professionals, almost 48%, believe that 5G will be one of the most important technology areas in 2023. Respondents said they believe 5G will play a key role in various industrial sectors as 6G development grows.
Future expectations of 5G
Survey respondents indicated which industry sectors they believe will have the most influence on technology in 2023, with 40% of respondents ranking telecommunications first. Expectations for 5G are high due to its advanced capabilities. For example, an overwhelming 97% of respondents said they believe 5G will influence vehicle connectivity and automation. Respondents also indicated that they believe 5G will play a role in remote learning, telehealth and sustainability.
5G hopes for 2023, despite the galleys in 2022
While much of the industry has high hopes for 5G, some experts believe it may not be able to deliver its most anticipated capabilities in 2023. According to a November 2022 research study from S&P Overall, the telecommunications services industry has faced financial challenges in 2022 that could set back some of the biggest prospects for 5G.
Like many sectors in 2022, the telecommunications services industry has struggled with inflation. 5G providers have faced additional challenges regarding strong competition from other industries, such as mobile virtual network operators and private fiber network operators. 5G adoption figures were also weaker than expected. With these setbacks in mind, S&P Global has predicted that the B2B sector will be the biggest area of monetary growth for 5G vendors in 2023.
The S&P Global report also indicated that as the technology continues to develop, new use cases and benefits for 5G will emerge, such as support for private networks, cloudification of network infrastructure and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The FWA market has grown exponentially and could present the best growth opportunity in broadband connectivity in 2023. For example, FWA subscribers in the United States grew from 2 million to 4 million between June 2021 and June 2022, according to The report.
5G-enabled satellite communications
Satellite communications will be another area of hope for 5G in 2023. About 95% of respondents said IEEE satellite communications will be important because of its ability to enable ubiquitous connectivity in any location. what domain. Experts expect satellite communications to improve connectivity in rural areas in 2023.
Although most satellite communications deployments are still in their early stages, mobile network operators (MNOs) and technology companies in the United States have begun to launch or have announced plans to launch services in low Earth orbit. . The next New Radio 5G network update will include a non-terrestrial network specification, which will support 5G satellite devices.
Beyond 5G in 2023
Although the industry has high expectations for 5G – and despite disappointing 5G adoption rates – MNOs are already considering 6G. As 5G continues to mature and roll out, 6G developments will continue to progress over the next year.
6G is not expected to mature until the next decade. But, when it does, it will expand the capabilities of 5G, such as increased speeds, security, reliability, and scalability. According to the IEEE, network architects should, ideally, design 6G networks with societal and economic considerations in mind. 6G networks must support sustainability – such as ultra-low power consumption – use open radio access network technology to reduce operating costs, provide connectivity to rural and disadvantaged or remote areas, and support d other initiatives that promote a greener society.
Satellite communications may also become more prevalent in the 6G era as the technology may be more optimal for satellite technology. A February 2022 report from 6GWorld, in partnership with InterDigital and ABI Research, stated that 6G networks will include non-terrestrial network systems in the initial network deployment.
Nearly 90% of respondents told IEEE they believe 6G will continue to evolve in 2023, but 6G standardization will take at least another five years. 5G must fully develop before 6G can come out, and until then, companies could take advantage of potential new use cases for 5G in 2023.
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