More than a quarter of the world's mobile phone operators are expecting to roll out 5G next year, according to a report released today.
The world's global telecoms providers have ratcheted up development of 5G with 78 per cent saying they have accelerated preparations for new technology.
The report, prepared by Swedish mobile manufacturer Ericsson, concluded 28 per cent of firms are planning a 5G roll out next year.
The top three segments set to be impacted by the new mobile evolution were media and entertainment, automotive and public transport, according to those surveyed.
Many also ranked healthcare as well as energy and utilities among the most attractive sectors for 5G applications. A clear majority of the respondents believe that Internet of Things will play an important role and that third-party collaboration will be essential in this context, Ericsson said.
Ericsson head of 5G commercialisation Thomas Noren said:
In the 2016 survey, 90 percent of the respondents pointed to consumers as the main segment in their 5G business planning. This year, it is an even split between three segments and operators have identified business opportunities not only in the consumer segment but also with enterprise users and specialised industries.