4G Maximisation, 5G Fertilisation, or Both?

Market Development Strategy Services UK

Researchica investigates into how key operators across the globe are approaching the 5G wave, maximising their 4G, and creating a fertile ground for 5G moving forward in their quests to making most of this trillion dollar opportunity. The Research conducted by the team further pays visit to near 200 use-cases, multi network enhancement initiatives, revenue models, and innovation (mixed with its own recommendations) for over 655+ “rest of the operators”, worldwide.

4G was perhaps the most economical network transition. Investment in 4G has been substantial, but 4G only required an upgrade to existing base stations, with new hardware and in some cases new antennas. Most MNOs did not deploy significant number of new cells, nor did they move to such architectures. Researchica expects 4G investments to continue; 5G investments will/ should not take off unless 4G is utilised to its true potential, that suggested, 5G investments would/ should  practically start taking off from year 2020 onwards. Any soon will simply hurt the EBITDA growth. 

The best option for operators would have been that none invests in the new infrastructure; keep the competitive position stable; and minimise their expenditure, while focussing on QoS, customer care, & innovation, whatever possible within the scope of the limitations. Especially in developed countries the new customer acquisition bears a very narrow room for profits, so growth for one operator will have to come at the cost of the other. Only under this scenario can we see 5G being deployed radically, which having seen the previous trend is quite likely.

5G Economics

With 5G there will be auction fees; new costs of deploying antennas at base stations, as well as equipment upgrades; costs could be more significant for large scale small cell deployments in sync with the 5G vision. A back envelope calculation reveals approx. US $2 to US $2.5 billion will be required to lay down the network (including Core (NFV/SDN/Beam steering) —&— fronthaul (RAN/ small cells/ 3D-MIMO) for an ideal UK setup. Further breakdown of current ARPU average ($20) stretched across 10 years portends a no profit- no loss result. But given there will be new verticals that will for the first time come under the Operator radar, collective ARPU growth can touch twice in worst case and upto 10 times in best case scenarios.



Focussed on ‘4G Maximisation & Future 5G Fertilisation’, this extensive research will help key decision makers; Enhance & Tap 4G to its full potential; Identify credible Pre-5G Business Models & Use-Cases, while preparing & evolving to a richer Par/ Post 5G Adoption. Backed with 1-Year Custom Support, Recommendations, & Forecasts for next 8 Years.


The 5G Vision — 5G will create its own verticals!

The previous mobile technology generations lacked vision. 2G, 3G, 4G — all came about solving problems of the previous generations. 5G is revolutionary in a way that it uniquely puts ‘solutions ahead of problems’. From genetic melding —to— modern weaponry, robotics, cyborgs —to food, security, agriculture, well being of the society, textiles —to automation, industrial applications, & more; here we introduce various visions 5G upholds and evaluate the extent on grounds of practicality & economics moving forward. 5G Fertiliser attempts to decode the resulting technological “singularities”that will emerge with the evolutionary advancements of AI, Robotics, Internet; its omnipresence, accessibility, & connectivity. Humanity is in the midst of a paradigm shift that will perhaps radically alter the course of civilisation and perhaps the evolution of the species.

Renewable Energy

Substantial costs can be reduced via integration of Robotics, AI, Aerial Drones, & Autonomous Vehicles distributed into various works of supply chain management, inspections, deep explorations, & deliveries across multiple solar & wind projects for enhanced energy production, planning, and streamlining of operations. Retail Compellon 20|20 — Prescriptive analytics software will deliver immediate actionable intelligence on Amazon Web Services Marketplace. The solution will empower teams woking in customer experience, marketing, manufacturing, and operations to accelerate decision-making & time to action.


Agricultural robots are being used on a massive scale now; however, future agricultural robots and drones will be smart and they will bring AI, cloud, and big data to farming. The use of smart agricultural robots and drones will enhance productivity and quality of crops as well as reduce the overall cost of farming.

Government & Smart Cities.

5G Real-Time Traffic Monitoring System — NTT Docomo and Sumitomo Electric are developing a Real-Time Traffic-Monitoring System. The system will leverage HD cameras, LiDAR & mm-Wave sensors which will stay connected to a dedicated 5G mobile communications link, for advanced 

 driving support. The sensors connected to the 5G network will send real time traffic information and feedback to drivers as well as pedestrians.

5G & Quantum Computing

Fujitsu & InfiniBand are developing a supercomputing platform for AI & Cloud Applications. The system operating on this platform will deliver 37 petaflops or double floating point operation performance. This supercomputing platform will accelerate the deployment of AI into real businesses and society.

Weaponry & Warfare

UC35: NATO has recently acknowledged the threat AI, Quantum Computing, & Robotics pose in the hands of enemies. Military leaderships have been advised to integrate these tech into their control loops: orientation, observation, & decision-making. Where quantum-proof cryptography is the need of the hour to counter threats related to encrypted military data & applications, consistent connectivity as well as reliable & faster response time can change the whole outcome of these battles.

Robotics, Hi-Tech, Gaming, & Lifestyle

Having gained recognition from the Hollywood movie ‘Her’, digital sexuality is already gaining momentum across the world. Researchica expects this trend to stay on and evolve in the next 5-10 years, positively. People will experience more sexual pleasure and have new experiences, particularly those who’ve experienced sexual trauma in the past. With increase of loners and over 50% divorce rate in the US, and people increasingly becoming digitised —no longer treating people as people but instead as entities in virtual worlds or ciphers in a machine— digital sexuality - friendships - and similar experiences can all make sense sooner than we expect.

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