According to PwC, US mobile operators have provided 5g coverage for 75% of the country's population and successfully persuaded 8% of smartphone users to buy compatible terminals. In the next six months, 5g coverage is expected to expand to 80% of the U.S. population, and 12% of wireless users will have 5g compatible terminals.
The early assessment of the 5g experience "reflects some significant uncertainties in the value proposition and customer experience, and we have heard a lot of reports that people have even turned off the 5g features of new smartphones," Hayes added.
5g's deployment in the United States is faster than previous generations of cellular technology. This acceleration is driven by market integration and the fact that 5g has introduced more extensive or progressive means.
Nevertheless, 5g performance inequality is still a troubling problem for us operators, and it is unlikely that any of the big three will overcome this challenge in the next few years.
He said that consumers usually don't forgive the negative experience of new technology, and operators will face a tough battle, especially those who disable 5g on their devices due to poor performance or battery consumption.
On the other hand, there is still a strong interest in 5g for enterprise parks and other facilities that may benefit from more control.
5g's most neglected areas are the underlying technology, wireless access network devices and the software that drives it: "in general, the availability and stability of devices do not seem to be a constraint at present."
In this way, most of the burden of operators falls on realizing their vision and acquiring the necessary spectrum to realize 5g commitment.
"If spectrum is a blessing in disguise. It provides powerful performance for mobile operators and end users, but the challenge of deploying if spectrum is to require a large number of sites to obtain meaningful coverage. " There are also huge differences in the number of stations required by different frequency bands. The financing, site selection and construction of stations using a large number of frequency bands will be the next challenge for the industry, and the deployment in cities and suburbs is expected to be the fastest.
Hayes concluded that 5g has a strong development momentum and the construction is in full swing, while consumers' adoption of 5g terminals is relatively lagging behind. However, greater progress will be made in all these areas in the next six months or even longer.