5G will be discussed extensively by operators and vendors at the upcoming Mobile World Congress including Telecom26. The number of countries in which we can offer 5G is growing all the time – currently 50+ - and 5G is available to all our customers with the same pricing as our other services so there are no extra charges or hidden costs.
Peter Jarich, Head of GSMA Intelligence, has written this interesting piece: Trend Watch – what comes after one billion 5G connections? The 2nd Wave of 5G
In it he says that “the first billion 5G connections were made by the end of 2022” and “5G has got off to an incredible start. But now it must deliver, enriching lives and societies in all corners of the world”.
He writes that we are now entering the 2nd wave of 5G deployment as evidenced by “many important 5G accomplishments realised in 2022, including:
- Standalone and mmWave 5G momentum
- Early messaging and interest around 5G-Advanced
- The launch of 5G in India”
And that the “1st Wave of 5G was driven by relatively mature markets and consumer use cases like eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband)…whilst…the 2nd Wave will engage a diverse set of new audiences.”
In a previous blog, we discussed how and why 5G as a topic causes some confusion because it’s actually a combination of four different – but related – services that offer new capabilities for different applications and user groups:
- eMBB – Enhanced Mobile Broadband – defined by the GSAM as 1st wave 5G
- FWA – Fixed Wireless Access
- mIoT – Massive IoT
- ULRCC - Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC)
Each offer new capabilities for different applications and user groups – and Telecom26 is already discussing with customers which will benefit them most in the future.
Back to the GSMA and its thoughts on 2nd wave 5G: “how quickly the 2nd Wave will unfold – will we see evidence of it in 2023? Will economic headwinds mean that the 2nd Wave gets off to slower start than its predecessor? Will 4G remain the dominant mobile broadband technology well beyond 2025? It may seem trite to suggest that the answer is “time will tell.” But that’s completely accurate”.
Telecom26, Global Connectivity and 5G
As a global connectivity service provider, Telecom26 has, of course, been tracking the progress of 5G for years constantly assessing the needs of our customers, partners and prospects - and figuring out if they would actually benefit from having access to 5G networks around the world.
Last year, following extensive testing of a number of 5G networks from operators around the world, we added 5G networks to our Global Roaming Service which currently provides seamless coverage across 1100 cellular networks from over 650 mobile operators in more than 200 countries.
We now offer 5G in 50+ countries with more being added once we have tested them and are satisfied with the service. 5G is available to all our customers with the same pricing as our other services so there are no extra charges or hidden costs.
You can read more about our 5G network here.
And, we’re already eyeing the future, as we watch developments towards the definition and standardisation of future 6G networks, led by the ITU, among others. But that’s another story!
We will be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February – 2 March and will be launching several new services and discussing lots of other global and maritime connectivity subjects including:
- Our growing global network of 5G partners
- Our eSIM packages – Telecom26 provides a complete range of eSIM and eUICC solutions that enable seamless profile delivery and management and remove the need to ship and deploy physical SIMs
Or if you’d like a call to discuss our 5G, IoT, global connectivity and maritime connectivity services can help improve connectivity for your devices, then please contact us.
Telecom26 is a full operator member of the GSMA and the ITU.