global.gerbangindonesia.org – Expanding 5G Network, US Cellular Operators Spend More than US$ 100 Billion
5G network promises connection speeds up to 10 times
Three mobile network operators in the United States are expanding their 5G network massively. They are T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. They are willing to spend more than US $ 100 billion to increase the speed of the 5G network. By promising connection speeds of up to 10 times that will open a new era of digital progress.
However, technological developments are largely unattractive to consumers. GlobalData Plc analyst Tammy Parker questioned what new businesses were developed through this service. “There are no immediate results,” said Timmy, quoted from Bloomberg, Friday (18/2).
5G Network Challenge
From the start, there were technological challenges when AT&T Inc. confusingly branding 4G networks as 5G E. Meanwhile conspiracy theorists have branded 5G as a source of harmful radiation and a spreader of the coronavirus.
Recently, airlines complained that some of the network’s frequencies could interfere with radar and compromise flight safety.
By then, big tech companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Google may have beaten wireless carriers to the kinds of data-hungry applications that super-fast 5G networks are hoping to bring.
Indeed, higher speeds and greater 5G capacity are needed to meet the ever-increasing demand for services such as high-definition video streaming.
But with the technology, most analysts haven’t seen the impact directly. Thus, there is no compelling reason to persuade customers to increase network capacity.
Cellular carriers have even offered a $1,000 5G phone for free to help kick-start the conversion process.
According to a survey by Roger Entner of Recon Analytics Inc., the promotion was actually necessary because 5G was not one of the main people to switch to. Most people are more concerned about the price and the overall reliability of the network.
“My friends ask me, ‘Why should I buy a 5G-capable phone?’?” said Chris Sambar, executive vice president of technology operations at AT&T.
One area where 5G has had early success is in providing broadband services at home wirelessly. As 5G’s faster midband frequencies are built in, customers are finding wireless alternatives to landline providers.
It shouldn’t be like this. Operators are launching 5G to provide a different experience so that customers are willing to pay extra. Instead technology has become a standard feature that cell phone companies and cable carriers struggle with with similar packages.
As that reality kicks in, carriers are pointing to bigger and faster opportunities like selling 5G to big companies and governments.
To help make this happen, major carriers are forming partnerships with so-called web scalers, major cloud service providers including AWS Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Google, and the Meta Platform that handle data storage, online ordering, and video streaming for large enterprises.
Every cloud giant sees 5G as a valuable entry into a new class of services, such as secure private networks to replace Wi-Fi, factory automation, and edge computing that brings network hardware closer to end users for increased speed.
Wireless carriers are risking their future. But because no cloud-powered 5G hyperconnected commercial ecosystem has been built before, tech giants and telcos are collaborating to tackle the challenge.