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Mar 2018 - Market Perspective - Doc # AP43641218

5G Connects the South Korean 2018 Winter Olympics

Authors: Young-So Lee, Jason Leigh

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This IDC Market Perspective provides critical insights to shape the development of future commercial deployments of 5G through the successful demonstrations at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. KT, Nokia, Intel, and Samsung collaborated to create and deploy the 5G network at the Olympic Games, and we examine how those stakeholders can leverage lessons from those 5G-enabled activities for future commercialization efforts.

Finally, this report provides a detailed view of the first trial 5G experiences deployed at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang that can help service providers make a successful transition to delivering the next-generation radio network solution set to be adopted by mobile network operators globally by 2020. "It is important to acknowledge the limitations of a technology deployment focused on sports broadcasting and interactivity, and not draw too many implications about the practicality and feasibility of other potential use cases. But it was a successful demonstration of the technological potential of 5G in the largest setting to date," says Young-So Lee, senior market analyst, IDC Asia/Pacific Telecommunications Research Team. "Despite highly interactive and well-received 5G-enabled experiences at the Olympics, mobile network operators are still forming a compelling value proposition beyond network speed to drive 5G subscriptions. Additional efforts on application development will be critical in generating mass-market adoption and revenues," says Jason Leigh, senior research analyst, IDC Worldwide Mobility Research Team.

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