U.S. 5G Connections Forecast, 2022–2026

U.S. 5G Connections Forecast, 2022–2026

This IDC study provides the U.S. 5G connections forecast for 2022–2026."While 5G's impact on the mobile subscriber's user experience remains almost imperceptible, with limited 5G-specific apps and minimal presence outside the smartphone, 5G is poised to quickly become the de facto mode of cellular connectivity in the U.S.," says Jason Leigh, research manager, 5G and Mobile Services at IDC. "As coverage and connections continue to expand, it is incumbent on mobile operators, together with the broader 5G ecosystem, to develop and monetize new uses and experiences that are appreciably different and help to fulfill the revenue promises of 5G."

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IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Underpromise and Overdeliver on 5G
Make 5G's Impact and ROI Visible
Partner with the 5G Hardware OEMs to Accelerate Non–Phone Device Development and Commercialization
Market Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
5G Access No Longer a Premium Service
5G Functionality Becoming Standard on Mobile Phones
Data Consumption Continues to Grow
Inhibitors
5G's Tangible Impact to the User Experience Remains Imperceptible
5G Connectivity Beyond the Smartphone Is Slow to Develop
Significant Market Developments
Midband Spectrum Deployment Key in Making Meaningful 5G Accessible
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Methodology
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