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Having said that we don’t know what the use cases will be, there are a couple that do repeatedly come up in conversations around 5G; AR and VR, and autonomous cars. It’s worth spending a little time talking about each of these.

Someone could be totally wrong on the use cases and 5G will still be a big hit.

Remember when we went from 2G to 3G (and 2.5G) and 3G to 4G? What were the use cases being pitched?
If you've ever wanted lower latency or ever wanted a web page to load quicker, you will probably upgrade to 5G within 12-24 months after it rolls out in your location.

As for autonomous cars. I think that they may actually use it. If you are paying $5K - $10K more than the cost of a regular car to get autonomous features why wouldn't the makers spend the extra couple of hundred to get better communications? But the car still has to be able to be driven safely without higher quality maps. What is it going to do...just pull over to the shoulder and say it is waiting for more data before continuing? If it is a geo-fenced Uber it will just have all data needed preloaded.

AR and VR? 99% of the initial uses are indoors or in a location where you can have reliable WiFi or other signals. No real need for 5G. Things like Pokemon Go are the rare case.

Mike
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