We asked leading experts of the telecommunications industry to explain what they think the mobile ecosystem will look like in 2030. Peter Linder, Head of 5G Marketing at Ericsson contributes the following:

I see 5G pushing the boundaries of our imagination to new limits! The 5G vision addresses both consumer and business opportunities. 5G can deliver both mobile and fixed wireless broadband. The broad portfolio of the 5G spectrum will allow us to combine coverage, capacity, and creativity with a single versatile technology. It will allow, more so than the technologies of previous wireless eras, business models to evolve as fast as technology. There will be enormous improvement in both public and private/hybrid networks. In the early 4G days, we had to choose between X or Z; with 5G, the choice is X and Z. We have many reasons to be excited about the potential for a world of 5G networks.

5G serves three distinct segments. Enhanced mobile broadband delivers video with higher quality, streaming of games to mobile devices, and may deliver “anything-reality,” moving beyond today’s AR and VR, without wires, to glasses or other devices. That will change consumer experiences dramatically. Nothing beats fiber where you can afford it, but for everything else, there is 5G Fixed Wireless Access. That will allow even our homes to be connected to the world via wireless. 

Then there will be enormous changes in the internet of things. Cellular IoT will span four distinct segments. Massive IoT serves low traffic, low revenue applications. Broadband IoT can be done with 4G today. Critical IoT uses the low latency and high reliability brought by 5G. Industry Automation IoT enables Industry 4.0.

By 2030 the digital and physical worlds will blend into each other everywhere, not just in homes and workplaces. All will have access to digital learning, from kindergarten to retirement. Alexa and Siri and all corporate and personal performance-critical applications will live on the edge of the network, in a neighborhood near you. A 5G-powered clever countryside will reduce the digital gap with smart cities, so all regions will begin to share the same kind of mobile experience.

A few fundamental principles will help us accelerate 5G. We will take a stairway to 5G and its new capabilities will evolve in steps.  Expect 5G to be a learning-intensive long game. As we learn how to take advantage of its capabilities, new applications and uses that we cannot even imagine now will emerge. They will make our lives much different and much better.

Peter Linder is responsible for 5G Marketing for Ericsson in North America. A career split between global and North American management positions. Across marketing, business strategy, product management, and sales enablement. Known for turning complex broadband contexts into understandable words and visuals. Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. They enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world.

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