As capacity demands driven by growing internet data traffic increases, 5G aims to speed up data communication by up to three times compared to 4G/LTE. The key use case driving the development of 5G is the enhancement of mobile broadband services. 5G technology will allow for easier streaming of high-definition media in densely populated areas or when out of reach of Wi-Fi hotspots. 5G is also expected to advance machine-based, IoT-centric functionalities, for example, in automotive for autonomous and self-driving cars. Other potential benefits include: integrated management of the vast amount of connected devices in a smart society, lower cost, lower battery consumption, lower latency and improved support of device-to-device communication.
As an example, the increased capacity from 5G and an increasing number of fixed wireless connections and providers is expected to enable more cost-efficient Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions in the United States.