XR applications, AI/ML-driven intelligent RAN, system-level energy savings are the key features of 5G-Advanced to bring mass market monetary opportunities to operators and lead to a long-term sustainable future
LONDON† July 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The 3GPP approved the Release-18 package Dec 2021making the official start of 5G-Advanced with the planned freeze date in Dec 2023† Global Technology Intelligence Company ABI research expects 75% of 5G base stations to be upgraded to 5G-Advanced by 2030, five years after the estimated commercial launch. 5G-Advanced will bring continuous improvements to the capabilities of mobile networks and leverage case-based support to help mobile operators with 5G commercialization, long-term development of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) and network energy savings for a fully automated network and a sustainable future.
“In 5G-Advanced, Extended Reality (XR) applications will promise monetization opportunities to both the consumer markets with use cases such as gaming, video streaming, as well as business opportunities such as remote working and virtual training. Therefore, XR applications are a key focus of 3GPP working groups to significantly improve XR-specific traffic performance and power consumption for mass market adoption,” explains Gu Zhang, 5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure Chief Analyst at ABI Research. “Another notable feature is AI/ML, which will become essential for future networks, given the rapid growth of 5G network usage and the complexity of use cases that cannot be managed by legacy optimization approaches with presumed models. is also a critical aspect as operators need to reduce implementation costs but ensure network performance for different use cases.”
The 5G network infrastructure upgrade is expected to be faster in the consumer market than businesses. ABI Research predicts that 75% of 5G base stations will be upgraded to 5G-Advanced, while in the business market the ratio is about half. 5G advanced devices per radio base station will rapidly gain traction in the early stage of commercial launch around 2024 to 2026, as devices will grow more aggressively than network deployments over the period.
“The commercial launch of 5G-Advanced will take two or three years, but the competition has already started,” emphasizes Zhang. “Taking AI/ML development as an example, industry leaders such as Ericson, Huawei, Nokia, ZTE and Qualcomm have trialled their solutions with mobile operators around the world. The continuous development in this area will continue to drive improvements in the field of traffic throughput, network coverage, energy saving, anomaly detection, etc.”
Unlike previous generations, 5G is creating an ecosystem for vertical markets such as automotive, energy, food and agriculture, city management, government, healthcare, manufacturing and public transportation. “The influence of the telco players on the domestic economy will be greater than before and that trend will continue for 5G-Advanced. Network operators and suppliers need to stay close to regulators and ensure that all parties involved grow together when the time- coming to market,” concludes Zhang.
These findings come from ABI Research’s 5G advanced and the road to 6G application analysis report. This report is part of the company report 5G and mobile network infrastructure research service, which includes research, data and ABI Insights. Application Analysis reports present an in-depth analysis of key market trends and factors for a specific technology.
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