Year 2019 has been linked with the rollout of fifth generation technology (5G). Industry experts have embarked on their 5G journey and are aspiring to see their efforts bear fruit in 2019. However, other trends are expected to impact the telecommunications industry. Technological advances have created what is dubbed the ‘digital era’ and are paving the way for significant IT and network architecture changes in 2019.

Read more: Outlook to 2019: What should we expect?

Countries around the world are racing to the 5G finish line. From Berlin to Beijing, every government wants the honour of claiming title to the first 5G City. And what better stage to showcase their achievement than international sporting competitions, whose audiences often exceed one billion viewers?

Read more: Abundant spectrum resource is key to 5G experience

Nowadays, more and more operators are realizing that video is not just a value-added service on top of traditional telco services but is also fundamental to future strategy, especially in the coming 5G era. 5G cellular will enable significantly greater capacity and dramatically lower latency, and optimized support for Ultra High Definition (UHD) streaming video embedded with many advanced applications and services including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), telemedicine, education, and various IoT enabled applications and services

Read more: ZTE to meet customer expectations for the video streaming services