5G still some way away

handsetFollowing up on its report earlier this week on 5G standardisation, market intelligence company ABI Research has firmed up what it believes will be the subscriber base.

It predicts it will take between five and 10 years for 5G to get to 100 million subscribers – that’s two years longer than 4G subscriber.

Take up of 4G has been fast because of the availability of 4G devices and more powerful smartphones.

By 2025, ABI estimates that the top countries to take up the 5G baton will be the US, China, Japan, South Korea and the UK.

There’s some technicalities to take care of – 5G will use high grequency spectra and your device will link to numerous cells for good connectivity.

ABI said a 5G network will consist of a network of small cells and practical for both industrial and urban environments.