However 5G got introduced recently, but this next-generation cellular standard has already done more than enough in preparation for 2020 when it comes to the mainstream.
Even when it was first announced to take off this year, carriers had successfully tested and launched the network a year before schedule. That shows the level of seriousness carriers and operators have to adopt the new technology quickly. A wide range of 5G devices became available for small consumers who have embraced the technology. But while the craze for 5G networks and devices was still ongoing, many consumers were basking in the euphoria of 4G technology.
Now, the question in the minds of everyone is whether 5G has come of age for massive adoption. Is 2020 going to become the year for massive adoption and use of the technology? Will it be cheaper to encourage massive use? Well, we are already heading to 2020, and some indices can help us shed more light on these questions.
China and South Korea miles ahead for adoption
Notably, 5G networks are still available in very few countries and regions. They are available in the UK, US, South Korea, China, Australia, and parts of Europe. As it stands, only the United States has launched the mmWave technology, which refers to extremely fast gigabyte transfer technology.
However, China and South Korea seem to be leading the frontline in the adoption of 5G technology, as there are now millions of 5G subscribers in these countries. Statistics for European, Australian, and U.S. markets are not clear for now. But there is a gradual increase in the level of adoption for these countries.
This new technology is still reserved for a few individuals and high-end government projects. However, Some European countries are trying out their version, with sub-6GHz increasingly being adopted. These countries can generate high gigabyte transfer speeds when the sub-6GHz technology is paired with the 5G network.
However, in 2020 more countries are likely to adopt the technology as costs reduce. These countries include Japan, South America, and a host of other European countries. They would be adopting the mmWave technology, but the availability would be limited to few.
India could hold on until 2021
India is the second-largest mobile device market in the world, after China. But the country may not adopt 5G technology next year. The government is planning to launch its 5G technology in 2021.
It’s highly unlikely that India and many other countries would rollout their mmWave coverage until 2021. There is no 5G standalone networking in these countries yet. What this means is that there ill still be fluctuation in 5G technologies when the consumer is roaming between 5G and 4G network areas.
Global 5G network coverage will improve in 2020
In 2020, it’s expected that 5G network coverage will have a massive improvement in several countries. Apart from the coverage, the speeds would also improve as network carriers combine both 5G coverage with mmWave technology. With increased 5G coverage comes an improved adoption of 5G smartphones. With the launch of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 5G devices, it’s expected that more consumers will adopt the technology next year.
Affordable 5G smartphones will encourage massive use in 2010
5G smartphones are indeed very expensive. Actually, they are one of the most expensive phones in the world. However, as improvements are coming underway in terms of more affordable components and chipsets, 5G smartphones will drop considerably in price.
One good thing that will further reduce the price of 5g smartphones is the current innovation Qualcomm is undertaking. The company is planning to simplify the development of 5G mmWave handset with new modular components.
It has already rolled out these sets of components and chipsets. Their lower costs would help to significantly reduce the overall cost of the 5G smartphones as other companies adopt similar chipsets.
Although Motorola, Samsung, and other companies tried to set the pace as the first companies to offer 5G smartphones, their offers were not to satisfying. Their prices were largely beyond the reach of the average user, with the price of a smartphone valued at more than $1,000. However, with the introduction of cheaper components and chipsets, this is set to change in 2010.
A lot of middle-level smartphone manufacturers have already announced that their next set of smartphones would be more affordable. The list of these vendors includes popular names like Xiaomi, Oppo, Motorola, Samsung, as well as Nokia.
Chinese OEM Oneplus was the company that spearheaded the campaign for cheaper 5G smartphones this year, with the release of OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. The company is also planning to make its 5G handsets more affordable in the coming year.
With the improvement of technology and the manufacturing of more affordable components, it is expected that there will be more widespread adoption of 5G and 5G technology in 2020.
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