Why Tech Companies Are Eager to Invest in 5G

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2017-09-25

Nearly all tech service providers are planning to leverage 5G technology very soon, according to a survey from Ixia. The accompanying report, "5G Is Not the Future. It Is the Present," indicates that the vast majority of releases are expected over the next two years. In addition, companies will invest significantly to deploy 5G networks and infrastructure, as well as to create 5G software, devices and equipment. Anticipated benefits include higher reliability and lower latency, along with improved spectral efficiency, faster networks and even greater internet of things (IoT) capabilities. "Many industry analysts talk about 5G as if it is far in the future, but this study shows … 5G rollout and adoption are ramping much quicker than predictions," said Kalyan Sundhar, vice president of mobility and virtualization products at Ixia. "5G testing tools can help organizations make 5G a success even before all of the standards are finalized. Developers can ensure their networks and applications are ready to take advantage of the speed and increased device connectivity promised by 5G." Nearly 300 senior-level executives from technology companies and service providers took part in the research, which was conducted by Dimensional Research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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