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Many operators’ 5G network plans are heavily influenced by sports. More than a quarter expect to introduce 5G service tied to the Olympics starting next July.

Watching live games in stadiums or at home isn’t for everyone. But if you’re a network operator looking to deploy 5G services, you need to be a sports fan as streaming contests will play a crucial role in your high-speed wireless strategy.

Many operators worldwide see live sports streaming as a means to showcase 5G for the masses, and as a way to begin generating revenue to pay down large incurred deployment costs.

Live sports make for a great proving ground as content owners and licensees are among the most aggressive explorers of emerging technologies as a means to retain, entertain and captivate their consumers audiences.

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It’s no surprise that much of the job creation is coming from wireless operators and their infrastructure vendors. Most are among those hiring 5G talent.

Will the deployment of 5G-based wireless services for businesses and consumers translate into large and sustained job growth for the U.S. workforce? The president and FCC chairman, among others, are betting heavily on it, directing spectrum and seed funds to the nascent 5G deployment effort.

Economic growth

The wireless industry supports over 4.7 million jobs and contributes about $475 billion a year to the U.S. economy, according to a recent Accenture report cited by the CTIA. U.S. wireless companies have started to invest an estimated $275 billion into building 5G networks, an ongoing effort that the CTIA believes will create three million jobs and boost the gross domestic product by $500 billion, according to a second Accenture study. The CTIA estimates that one out of every 100 Americans “will benefit from a new 5G job.”

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Availability of 5G wireless services for your organization in desired locations may be aided by emerging technology, such as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

Spectrum for 5G wireless services is the currency funding the opportunity for sweeping innovation. U.S. wireless operators and wannabes have been making it rain hard by spending countless billions of dollars for the rights to send data super-fast over the air across distances long and short.

But where is the spectrum coming from? There’s uncertainty as to what might be available, where and when. And emerging technology, such as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), promises help. Let’s look at some of the issues surrounding the availability of spectrum for 5G services.

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Because 802.11ax is revolutionary rather than evolutionary, adoption requires more than an upgrade. Technology evaluation and planning should begin today.

With Wi-Fi 6 gear available now from numerous vendors, you can expect mounting interest in 802.11ax, the latest version of the over 20-year old wireless protocol. That’s because it targets contention, congestion, and supports more devices and offers super-fast data speeds.

Not all industries are expected to embrace Wi-Fi 6 on an as-soon-as-available basis. And not all use cases require fast action. Further, expect some businesses-to-consumer implementations first, with yet others focusing on in-building B2B applications that should launch later.

Let’s take a look at a handful of industries to determine where and when we may see Wi-Fi 6 implementations.

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“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet,” Iconic NFL Head Coach Bill Parcells.

The Super Bowl winning leader of numerous NFL teams’ quote holds true for video use over 5G networks to date. U.S. operators are busy this year deploying networks that enable super-fast wireless technology that have the potential to change the way business and consumers uses mobile devices.

Many see 2020 as a primetime opportunity for delivery of video over 5G to mobile devices, what with huge far-flung viewing events including the presidential election here in the states and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, for starters.

Envision smartphone owners folding open their devices to create an iPad-sized screen to view any of a myriad of streaming video content sources – and staying engaged longer in the absences of delays in streaming TV shows and movies that are commonplace with sub-5G wireless links today.

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The deployment of 5G services is underway. But an aggressive business and technology plan will be required for operators to truly move the needle in 2019.

The allure of 5G is undeniable, but there’s no denying that operators have a long way to go to justify widescale 5G service deployments in the U.S.

The initial deployment and trial plans for 5G services in the U.S. announced late last year and at the Mobile World Congress conference earlier this year grabbed headlines. But an aggressive business and technology plan will be required for operators to truly move the needle in 2019.

What factors go into the rollout of 5G for service providers? And what blanks need to be filled in?

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