New studies from Nokia claims to outline business return-on-investment from 5G services, including payback periods for new, high-value services supported by 5G, their business models and network impact. It would appear irony doesn’t translate that well into Finnish, as the claims come from lab research which is likely to be another instance of overpromising from a vendor which is praying the 5G revolution will turn the tide of growth.
“With our 5G FIRST end-to-end technology platform and 5G Acceleration Services, we have a comprehensive offer that we can leverage to help operators and enterprises understand the real value of 5G in relation to their particular business needs. Working closely with our customers we can help them evolve their business cases and provide clear recommendations for investments on their path to 5G.”
The team also claim ROI will be much more apparent than during previous evolutions of the network. 5G to the Home will break even after four years (assuming the price per user remains above €40) and 5G events and hotspots have a one-year payback period at venues with at least five events per month. While the numbers seem nice, everything can be profitable in a perfect world if the conditions are right. More often than not they are not.
On a more technical level, Nokia has teamed up with Elisa in Finland to deliver what it claims is the country’s fastest broadband speeds. In a field trial using Nokia’s XGS-PON technology, which the vendor claims has 10Gbps symmetrical capabilities, Elisa is now able to deliver ultra-broadband access. Well done Elisa.
With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?
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