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Global survey reveals stakeholder concerns around 5G adoption

According to a new survey, over 100 global telecommunication companies say the 5G era will commence in 2021, with 88% already confirming plans to deploy at that time.

The survey was conducted by Vertiv and 451 Research on some 100 global telecoms operators about the opportunities and potential obstacles of deploying 5G services and the impact on edge computing adoption.

The study findings include:

  • 90% fear 5G will increase energy costs and consumption by 170% by 2026. The highest sectors to increase energy use are data centers.
  • 5G era will start in 2021. 88% have plans to deploy in 2021-2022
  • 37% have deployed edge computing related to mobile infrastructure whilst 47% plan to deploy
  • 90% are interested in technologies such as energy savings as a service to mitigate some of the obstacles hindering 5G adoption

Brian Partridge, research vice president for 451 Research, said: “The two toughest connectivity challenges for supporting 5G topologies were revealed to be upgrading access and aggregation layer networks and adding new backhaul links.

“Survey respondents indicated that the availability of high quality connectivity to distributed POPs and ease of site acquisition were viewed as the most critical enablers to 5G success. We were frankly surprised by some of these results and believe it brings clarity to the level of transformation the industry now faces.”

“The challenge for operators considering 5G will be choosing the most mature use cases, verticals and eco-systems where they can play a meaningful and sustainable role.

“The research helps… to build more robust business cases for 5G investments and associated edge compute deployments,” adds Giordano Albertazzi, president for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa.