BT CEO: Ensure 5G ROI Is Maximized Before 5G Arrives

- Nov 20, 2017-

According to foreign media reports, recently Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London, Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, urged the industry to step up efforts to create a strong and clear business case for the 5G in the coming months. He also warned telecom operators about the details of financial planning before they get squandered by the 5G.

"We need to build a business case for 5G, and obviously there's already innovation and it's going to get to market soon," he said. "Ultimately, as an operator, we have to invest a lot of money, and we have to lower our capital expenditures, and the business case still needs to be built."

Not surprisingly, Gavin Patterson suggested that the first step in this process would be to reduce the cost of deploying a 5G infrastructure.

"There will be a massive upgrade of the network, there will be more network entry points in the future, all of which will require funding, and we have to build resources to do so, and I think carriers and chipmakers really work together to get the lowest possible cost It is very important to realize the most efficient delivery of the costs. "

Gavin Patterson also believes that 5G and other technologies are not isolated, but should be combined with other technologies such as WiFi and 4G to create a "seamless, ubiquitous experience" for consumers.

"From a user's point of view, they should be able to switch from one technology to another without any perception," he said.

Just a few years after the introduction of 5G in the UK, the transition from 4G to 5G may be smoother and more phased in than a migration from 3G to 4G. This will reduce the operator's financial burden and allow them to reap the rewards of their existing 4G infrastructure.

Gavin Patterson said: "5G will come, but we want to ensure that maximize the return on investment 4G, so this requires a natural evolutionary process."