As we approach 2019, we are on the cusp of 5G roll-out. Some operators, notably AT&T and Verizon in the US, have already begun their deployments but these are typically contained, limited efforts that focus more on setting the scene for full 5G with emphasis on fixed-wireless access. As 5G mobile devices start to become available and services that need the low latency and massive throughput of 5G begin to emerge, this picture will change. In addition, as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues its development, we will start to see volumes of devices increase from the thousands to the millions. This uptick in the number of required connections, which will ultimately add tens of billions of devices and machines to networks, matches another 5G attribute, the ability to support large volumes of devices per cell.
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