How is Covid-19 affecting 5G?
The public health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire planet, since it first appeared in late 2019. The crisis forced a number of countries to scale back their economic activity for several weeks, if not months. As a result, the global economy has fallen into its deepest recession since the Great Depression of 1929 – a recession that has affected every single industry worldwide. Even if telecommunications have helped sustain businesses that could continue to operate virtually, the telecoms industry itself, 5G included, has felt the impact of the pandemic.
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted tremendous opportunities for 5G in several sectors
The pandemic will clearly have sizeable repercussions on the 5G ecosystem in the short term (postponed spectrum auctions, delayed commercial launches and deployments, economic impact, etc.). At the same time, however, it has also revealed the essence of 5G’s role, and the many benefits this new technology can bring to several specific sectors, such as health, media, education, transport and retail sales.
Investing in content: what are AT&T and Verizon hoping for?
2016 turned out to be a relatively mediocre year for the telecom services market in Western countries: an overall trend of stabilisation in Europe’s biggest markets, after suffering a steady decline in revenue since 2008, and an overall decrease in mobile revenue in the United States, breaking with the steady growth that AT&T and Verizon had managed to maintain up until 2015.