Chris Nicoll, Principal Analyst at ACG Research, also pitched this question during a session at MWC in Barcelona which featured speakers from Nokia, Samsung, Evolved Intelligence, and the 5GIC.

Nicoll has written plenty on the promises of 5G in the past, and describes himself as ‘not a sceptic, but a realist.’

To kick off proceedings, Nicoll showed the audience a slide detailing the many areas where 5G is expected to have an impact:

Many expect the U.S. and China to be leaders in 5G with their vast resources, large talent pools, and historic rivalry.

“5G will potentially have a much broader spread.”

Another slide details the fastest data speeds claimed in 5G trials around the globe.

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