Prediction for private 5G trials and pilots looks set to be exceeded even though 2020 deployments/launches of public 5G networks have been mixed because of the global Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Deloitte had predicted in its Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for the year 2020 that about a hundred private 5G tests would happen in the year.
However, according to Deloitte, the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, work and learn from home, supply chain interruptions, and economic contraction/changes in consumer spending have affected the predictions.
“Although 2020 deployments/launches of public 5G networks have been mixed because of the pandemic (faster in some countries, but delays in others), our prediction for private 5G trials and pilots looks like it will be exceeded.
“We’re taking our prediction for private 5G tests from “over 100” for the year to “under 1000” based on many trials of private 5G solution just in Q1 of 2020 that we are aware of. It is difficult to say if the more rapid pace of private 5G trials is connected with the pandemic.
“Testing a new technology while a factory is otherwise idle might make sense, and we have seen some private 5G trials in medical and logistics/distribution verticals, which could well have been accelerated by COVID-19 stresses,” Duncan Stewart, Director of Research of TMT for Deloitte wrote.
TNG reports Deloitte as stressing that never before has the TMT Predictions been altered in the middle of the year, saying that would have felt like changing a wrong answer on an exam, but that there is a first time for everything.
Deloitte also revised four other TMT Predictions for the year, including decline in smartphone sales, edge AI chip slow down, low Earth orbit going higher and CDN going even faster.