Investing in the Digital Future: 5G and IoT Infrastructure Models
With the first commercial 5G network launches expected by 2020, the total number of 5G connections in Russia is set to reach 48 million by 2025. Provisions for pilot zones and dialogue around alternative approaches to infrastructure investment are already well underway. Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are among other countries in the region expected to launch 5G services by 2025. The first 5G-based use cases in the region are expected to focus on enhanced mobile broadband, which will add capacity and higher speeds for mobile internet access. 5G-based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions will follow soon after, opening up opportunities in areas such as smart cities and autonomous transportation. The number of IoT connections in the CIS region is forecast to triple over the next few years, reaching 660 million by 2025. However, the full socio-economic impact of 5G in the region will be heavily dependent upon access to spectrum, including millimetre wave bands between 24 GHz and 86 GHz which will play a key role in meeting the demand for many enhanced mobile data services in Russia. This essential session will share insight from the latest 5G commercial launches and debate infrastructure models across Eurasia, offering a vision for growth for all of the region’s stakeholders.