RESEARCH PAPER: The Full Impact Of 5G On IT Industry Hardware Spending

By Anshel Sag, Patrick Moorhead - February 22, 2018
There are many reasons the IT industry is heavily investing in 5G. The most obvious is that 5G is a major shift in the way wireless cellular technologies work that represents a quantum leap from 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE). The deeper, non-technical reasons include the industry’s desire to deliver more services with improved capabilities and to do so at a broader scale, at a lower cost and to do it faster. The industry’s desire to fulfill these wishes come from an understanding that the world is becoming more connected and that there will need to be a common way to connect it from the end point to the datacenter and everything in-between. This new connected world will bring about a new paradigm in wireless with the implementation of 5G and the new technologies and capabilities that come along with it. The GSMA expects 5G connections to reach 1.1 billion, 12% of total mobile connections, by 2025. New 5G connections are expected to boost overall operator revenues to $1.3 trillion in 2025. You can download the paper here.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Current Technology And Limitations
  • Call To Action
  • Figure 1: $326B Investment Attributable To 5G

Companies Cited

  • Chinese Ministry Of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • Intel
  • NextVR
  • Nokia
  • SK Telecom
  • Samsung
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Anshel Sag is Moor Insights & Strategy’s in-house millennial with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. Anshel has had extensive experience working with consumers and enterprises while interfacing with both B2B and B2C relationships, gaining empathy and understanding of what users really want. Some of his earliest experience goes back as far as his childhood when he started PC gaming at the ripe of old age of 5 while building his first PC at 11 and learning his first programming languages at 13.
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