5G technology is one of the most anticipated technologies of our time and promises a number of benefits. However, it comes with a hefty price tag and can be difficult for many service providers to deploy. Smaller mobile providers, especially those in rural areas, may have to struggle to find the resources needed for 5G investment.Moreover, the business case for investing in 5G may not always be clear cut. While 5G offers improved data speeds that enable better connectivity and more reliable services, some companies may struggle to make an immediate return on their investments. One of the biggest challenges around transitioning to 5G is interworking – how do you enable a mix of different technologies (5G SA, NSA-4 G, 3 G) until all networks are just 5 G standalone? Decommissioning 3 G networks as part of this transition means that voice service will be one of the first casualties along this journey.
In order for everyone to benefit from 5G technology’s promised potential, service providers must find ways to offset the initial cost and technical complexity related to such investments. Governments should also step in and provide incentives or other support that can help mobile operators in rural areas benefit from 5G technology so that everyone can enjoy its advantages equally.Ultimately, there are still many unanswered questions about how best to approach transitioning existing networks into full-fledged 5G infrastructure but with continued advances in innovation and research as well as careful strategic planning by both industry players and governments alike we will eventually be able to realize all the potential benefits that come with this groundbreaking technology.
The widespread adoption of 5G technology is a long-term process that requires careful planning, smart investments and the right mix of resources and incentives. As service providers go through this transition, they must consider carefully how to address the challenges of 5G deployment in order to make sure their investments are justified. Solutions such as interworking will be essential in helping ensure that everyone can reap the rewards associated with 5G technology.