5G deployments: A window of opportunity for tower companies?
Analysys Mason discuss how the use of macrocells and increasing use of small cells will drive the need for further mobile network infrastructure
5G is currently a major topic but there still appears to be confusion around what 5G actually means. For instance, Vodafone’s CTO Johan Wibergh was recently quoted as stating that “You already feel that 5G is going to solve world hunger”. In this article, we look at potential 5G technology developments and provide our view on the impact they may have on mobile networks and tower companies. 5G is driven by a vision, or a wish list, which appears more revolutionary than the move from 3G to 4G and that is supposed to open new revenue streams for mobile network operators, while at the same time reducing costs and increasing efficiency.