By Olivier Lafontaine, Director Product Management at Technicolor
As the 5G era moves through its early stages of deployment, the network service provider (NSP) community is exploring how the different manifestations of this technology (millimeter wave, mid-band, and low-band 5G) can best be harnessed to serve consumers while optimizing the revenues. In so doing, carriers will have to evaluate the pros and cons of dedicating spectrum to burgeoning demand for mobile services while looking for ways to enhance broadband access to connected homes.
Establishing the right balance is likely going to be different for every single NSP. The directions operators take with 5G will depend on the regions in which they operate, the nature of their subscriber base, the disposition of local infrastructures, and the competitive posture of other players offering mobile and terrestrial broadband services in their markets.
Once the winners of the 5G auction are announced, NSPs can expect spectrum assets to nearly double in size. These new frequency resources will enable NSPs to enhance existing services and deliver new value propositions. Compared to what has been achieved so far with the technologies previously available -- such as 4G LTE -- 5G comes with substantial capacity improvements, elevating the experience of consumers who have 5G-capable devices.