5G and smart cities trends for 2019 Credit: Martyn WilliamsIDG
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5G and smart cities trends for 2019

The next generation cellular network 5G took off at a phenomenal rate over the past year, with major telecommunications and mobile operators rolling out tests and trials of the fifth generation mobile system.

Although this year did not yet see vast adoption of the network, a number of mobile operators are expected to roll out subscriptions in 2019.

Global telecommunications firm Ericsson predicts that major 5G network deployments should be expected from 2020, with an estimate of 1.5 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2024.

We can also expect an increased development of infrastructure and smartphone handsets to match. Deloitte Global predicts about 1 million 5G handsets will be shipped by the end of 2019.

Here are some of the predictions for the year ahead, according to industry experts.

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