Important step for broadcasting, but LTE 4G still sufficient for radio
Telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson says the first smartphones supporting 5G will become available during early 2019. The June Ericsson Mobility Report makes three major other assertions: 1) 5G will kick off with enhanced mobile broadband as its first use case. 2) By the end of 2023, there will be 1 billion 5G subscriptions, accounting for around 20% of mobile data traffic. 3) A massive increase in 5G subscriptions is expected to be fueled by third-generation chipsets, which will be available from 2020 on a variety of frequency bands
Enhanced mobile broadband and smartphones supporting 5G in the mid-bands expected in early 2019. The research firm SNS Telecom & IT said earlier this year that it expects private LTE and 5G networks to surpass $2.5 billion in annual spending by the end of 2018.
5G is expected have a major impact on transmission capacity also for radio and television. It is estimated that Netflix video is already occupying some 40% of global broadband capacity. However, for radio there is already ample space as an audio stream occupy approx. 40 times less space than a HD video stream online. In countries with almost complete coverage of 4G mobile broadband, as Finland, Norway and Sweden, there is already ample space for a multitude of broadcast radio channels. And consumer subscription costs for mobile broadband are already low and falling.
SNS researchers expect private LTE to grow across the board in 2018 (FireceWireless)
Ericsson Mobililty Report (June 2018)
Mobile broadband future major platform for radio and tv