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5G Monetization and Adoption Strategies

The advent of 5G is upon us, and it will have a profound impact across the mobility and ICT ecosystems over the next 10 years. 5G technology will provide faster, lower-latency access but will also have a dramatic effect on the number of devices that can connect to a network. As the impact of 5G grows, we will witness the evolution of mobility services, content, and devices as they leverage this new technology. The challenge will be finding ways to monetize this next generation of connectivity access. IDC's 5G Monetization and Adoption Strategies examines the ecosystem implications to device manufacturers, software vendors, content providers, industry verticals, and mobile operators as well as the services that can be delivered to consumers and businesses.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Mobile device, endpoint, content, and services transformation
  • Content, applications, and services enabled by 5G
  • Device implications
  • Regional adoption of 5G
  • 5G impact on the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Emerging, innovative vendors launching 5G products/services
  • Challenges and opportunities of 5G adoption
  • Timing the commercial availability of 5G technologies
  • Pricing strategies for 5G connectivity and enabled services
  • Decision framework for selecting the right connectivity (5G, 4G, Wi-Fi)

Core Research

  • Worldwide 5G Subscriber Forecast, 2019–2023
  • IoT and 5G: The Next Generation of Connected Things
  • 5G Content Strategies for Operators
  • Enterprise 5G Use Case Profiles
  • 5G Device Evolution
  • Consumer and Enterprise 5G Adoption Survey
  • 5G Deployment Tracking
  • IDC Innovators in 5G

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. How many 5G endpoints (people and "things") will be connected?
  2. Which companies are creating innovative software, services, and solutions for 5G?
  3. What different forms will 5G take in the marketplace (mobile subscriptions, fixed wireless access, IoT)?
  4. How should I understand 5G's component parts, how they are different from (or the same as) 4G, and when they will be available?
  5. What new business models and public-private partnerships will emerge around 5G?
  6. Will 5G fundamentally change the IoT landscape?
  7. Where will economic value be generated and captured with 5G networks and services?
  8. What effects might 5G have on the future of enterprise network and security services?
  9. What are the regional differences in 5G use cases?
  10. Is the promise of 5G a myth or reality?

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Carrie MacGillivray

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Jason Leigh

Research Manager, Mobility