Juniper tech predictions: 5G to replace fibre for last-mile connectivity

As 2019 draws to a close, Juniper Research has created its list of the top ten technology predictions for 2020. With the first commercial launches of 5G networks occurring in 2019, Juniper has identified 2020 as the year in which 5G connectivity starts to replace costly rollouts of fibre networks in remote areas. It anticipates that the high bandwidth and throughput of 5G networks will provide a highly appealing and cost-effective alternative to the rollout of fibre.

Meanwhile, Juniper Research anticipates that OTT TV services will experience launches of functional advertising attribution systems that will align advertising closer to the wider digital advertising ecosystem.

Additionally, researchers believe that open data initiatives will provide the perfect platform to expand the presence of MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service) deployments outside of Europe. Juniper predicts that increasing transparency between stakeholders will create new levels of efficiency for services launches in regions such as North America and Asia Pacific over 2020.

The Top 10

  1. 5G – Last-mile fibre rollouts to be replaced by 5G connectivity
  2. OTT TV – Advertising stakeholders to develop functional attribution ecosystem
  3. Mobility as a Service – Open data in transportation to drive MaaS beyond Europe
  4. Games – Subscription models to flourish in games market, but ‘live’ elements to diminish
  5. Netflix – To seek out new sources of revenue growth as competition rises
  6. Google – To expand RCS services in Europe
  7. Google – To leverage Fitbit health credentials to mount challenge to Apple Watch
  8. Huawei – The ban will result in a more uneven 5G network growth
  9. Robotics – Consumer robots to launch using subscription models
  10. Voice Assistants – Security concerns to come to a head, causing trouble for smart homes

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector; providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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