This report examines how 5G will change and shape the devices and services market, and what operators, device manufacturers, and content providers can do to influence this change.
- The 5G transition could spell the end of struggling handset makers.
- Many 5G devices will not have access to a 5G network due to rapid uptake of handset sales outside of operator sales channels.
- AR is the key differentiated experience for 5G that shows the full capabilities of the technology.
Features and Benefits
- Assesses how 5G will impact the smartphone market
- Evaluates the addressable market for AR-compatible 5G devices.
- Analyzes how 5G will impact the core smartphone user experience.
Key questions answered
- When will the key device manufacturers bring 5G to their devices?
- Which content genres will benefit most from 5G?
- Will VR play any role in the 5G rollout?
Table of contents
Recommendations for service providers and platforms
Recommendations for content providers
Recommendations for device manufacturers
Few handset brands will be able to afford 5G
Apple will not bring 5G to iPhone before 2020
Struggling handset brands may fail to make the transition to 5G
Decoupling will create an underserved 5G market
5G device sales will outpace 5G subscriptions
Operators will need to work harder on selling 5G than 4G
Media bundling will play a key role in early 5G adoption
Operators are already ramping up partnerships ahead of the 5G launch
5G brings new opportunities for live sports
AR and VR – the two key 5G experiences
AR is 5G's super hero
VR benefits from 5G, but it is not a killer application
Operators need to plan now for how 5G will shape handset use and design
Everything is moving to the cloud
5G is part of the puzzle for foldable phones