Global sales of new 5G phones will be slow this year as high-costs of next-gen phones and the lack of a 5G iPhone and Qualcomm chip in 2019 means global mass adoption will not arrive until 2020.
The report by GlobalData says mobile 5G services will be in Asia-Pacific, Europe
GlobalData says early demos of 5G phones do not currently differ dramatically from current high-end 4G phones on the market, and only show moderate upgrades to battery life, speed
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Jerry Caron, head of technology at GlobalData says, ‘‘Even with all of the spectrum and technology coming together to create a viable market for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), the business case varies from market to market, impacted by factors such as the existence of fiber-based solutions, population, and even city topology.’’