It's Better to Delay Release 19 Standardization

Arguments for Delaying Release 19 Standardization

:green_square: Market Needs vs. Technical Push: Many MNOs are still struggling to monetize existing 5G deployments (NSA R15). Focusing on business model development and user adoption for current standards might be more prudent before introducing new complexities.
:green_square: Technical Refinement: More time could lead to a more robust and commercially viable Release 19 standard, avoiding potential issues that might delay deployment or limit adoption.
:green_square: Focus on Existing Standards: Maximizing the potential of Release 16 and 17, particularly 5G Standalone and Network Slicing, could provide a faster return on investment for operators.

We know that most 5G networks still use the original Release 15 Non-Standalone variant, where the old 4G core remains as the anchor point.

There’s now around 50 or so that have been (at least partially) upgraded to R15 Standalone, although usage and coverage remains quite uneven.

Most of the MNOs chose NSA and wait, although features may not be as prominent. None of these 5G NSA R15 networks supports the Release 15 enhancements, NB-IOT or LTE-M.

MNOs are struggling to monetize their 5G investments.

This presents a significant challenge, as without a strong return on investment (ROI) from 5G, justifying future expenditures in 6G capital expenditure (CAPEX) becomes difficult.

This situation could lead to further economic stagnation within the telecommunications industry.

:green_square: Market Maturity: Granting additional time for 5G deployment allows the market to mature, identify real-world use cases, and refine business models for revenue generation.

:green_square: Technological Refinement: Postponing Release 19 can provide space for further technical refinements within the standard, potentially leading to a more robust and commercially viable solution.

:green_square: Focus on Existing Standards: Increased focus on commercializing Release 16, 17 and exploiting capabilities like 5G Standalone and Network Slicing can lead to a faster return on investment for telcos.

:green_square: Solving current business needs: Utilizing existing technologies like Private 5G, 5G FWA, and RedCap in areas like indoor coverage and rural connectivity can address immediate needs while 5G adoption matures.

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