The 5G Mobile Ubiquity Price Tag

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Jan 10, 2017

THE 5G MOBILE UBIQUITY PRICE TAG

COSTS FOR FULL U.S. DEPLOYMENT OF 5G - WITH AND WITHOUT SUPPORT FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

There has been much discussion about 5G mobile deployment.  While the standards for 5G technology are still being worked on, questions abound.  When is 5G coming? How will it mesh with the existing 4G macro network?  What might it mean to consumers in terms of bandwidth, speed and practical use? With the explosion of mobile bandwidth use, the development of IOT solutions and the potential of autonomous vehicles looming large on the horizon, there are additional, pressing questions to be answered in regards to 5G deployment.  How much new infrastructure will be needed to support a fully ubiquitous 5G meshed deployment?  What will this network cost?  With these latter questions in mind, CQA developed a 5G mesh network model to estimate costs of a full, ubiquitous road coverage network, to serve every roadway in the U.S.  Read the summary report for more information.

CQA is providing (attached) a high-level overview of the total estimated investment for the entire U.S. based on four network deployment scenarios:

  1. The deployment of a 5G mesh network using near term bandwidth demand assumptions (2Gbps/month per user),
  2. The deployment of a 5G mesh network assuming demand increases markedly in the next 10 years (50Gbps/mo. per user),
  3. The deployment of a 5G mesh network using near term bandwidth demand assumptions (2Gbps), and also could support autonomous vehicles on primary and secondary roads, and
  4. The deployment of a 5G mesh network that assumes future demand (50Gbps) and also could support autonomous vehicles on primary and secondary roads.

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The scenarios calling for support of autonomous vehicles require more cell density, thus more investment, due to the increased deployment in largely rural areas.

Read the summary for more information.  CQA will publish a more detailed description of the study and breakout of costs and results at more granular geographic levels in the coming months.

The FCC refered to this study in their recent Improving the Nation's Digital Infrastructure paper.

For more information, contact:  Mike Wilson (mwilson@costquest.com)  (425) 772-2261