‘5G snowball gaining weight and speed,’ says Mobile Experts

Paul Barker | Feb 11, 2020 | The News

Mobile Experts has released a Macro Base Station Transceiver Forecast with detailed analysis through 2025 that covers three major themes it predicts will shape the future of 5G: China’s tremendous surge of deployment, key rollouts in Korea and expectations for North America and Europe.

According to the report, the implementation of massive MIMO in 5G systems is changing. Mobile Experts states that it witnessed a shift away from the dominant position of 64T64R mMIMO, toward 32T32R systems. During initial 5G system rollouts, the distinct preference was to achieve best coverage and data rate, leading to large deployment of 64T64R mMIMO antenna offerings.  

“The explosion of shipments in 2019 due to massive MIMO and 5G base stations will continue into 2020 and will target on the China market,” said principal analyst Dan McNamara.

 “Mobile Experts has done the work to verify Chinese demand will continue through 2021 and likely beyond. Many of our conversations with market suppliers start with something like, 'all of my attention is focused on China…yes, 5G is happening everywhere… but let's get back to the topic of China.' All signals indicate things are full steam ahead."

“We are past the peak for 4G and well into the 5G deployment efforts.  As was the case in 2019, China will continue to be the main volume driver as additional cities get their 5G networks.  We'll also see a big change in the countries that convert their trial networks into live commercial systems. This will be a global phenomenon.”

The research firm said in a release that the “5G snowball is gaining momentum and that in 2020, the pace of deployments will continue the frantic pace they set in 2019.

“It's also gaining weight as areas with early deployments extend the overall coverage area, fill in gaps and start implementing applications that 5G systems can offer. Many new countries will launch 5G during the 2021 to 2025 timeframe, propelling 5G and the market forward.”

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