Broadband Disruption: How 5G Will Reshape the Competitive Landscape
Fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology will deliver unprecedented performance improvements and flexibility, enabling operators and third-party partners to develop new, successful business models. For instance, 5G networks could leapfrog the capacity of cable operators’ hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) networks—for both Internet access and television viewing—by leveraging millimeter wave spectrum, small cells, and higher spectral efficiency. Alternatively, mid-band spectrum could be used to provide all-in-one service to cost-sensitive consumers on their mobile devices.
This report is an essential planning tool for anyone building, leveraging, or competing against 5G-based networks. It provides essential information for evaluating and fine-tuning fixed and mobile broadband wireless business strategies. The report quantifies broadband demand today and tomorrow, calculates the throughput per square kilometer for both 5G and competing networks, forecasts small cell deployment, forecasts fixed wireless broadband subscriber growth, discusses trends affecting the cost and deployment of small cells, and analyzes the strategies of several major players.
Expanded and fully updated in November 2018, the report provides exclusive data and insights on millimeter wave spectrum capacity and deployment scenarios; mid-band spectrum capacity and deployment scenarios; the cost of 5G infrastructure; and fixed wireless broadband financial models. The report contains 38 tables and figures. The price includes a one-hour phone briefing with the authors.
The Rysavy Capacity and Performance report (available bundled with the Broadband Disruption report or separately) is a powerful business planning tool. It provides a model for calculating the capacity of wireless and wireline networks based on 4G and 5G (wireless), DOCSIS (cable), and fiber technologies. An Excel spreadsheet that performs the calculations is included. Buyers can plug in their own numbers for variables such as amount of spectrum and base station density to test business model viability and compare competing approaches. The report also provides the latest performance details for the technologies–information essential to understanding the types of user experiences that can be delivered. The report contains 27 tables and figures.
Press release (second edition, November 13, 2018)
Press release (first edition, August 1, 2017)
Commentary by the authors:
Guest column at Multichannel News by co-author Ira Brodsky (February 11, 2019)
Article at FierceWireless by report author Peter Rysavy (January 18, 2019)
Article at Computerworld by report co-author Ira Brodsky (December 4, 2018)
FierceWireless article by report author Peter Rysavy (PDF) (August 16, 2017)
Article at RCR Wireless News by report co-author Ira Brodsky (September 5, 2017)