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U.S. 5G Revenues, 2021-2026: The need for new revenue sources

In this market study, iGR presents a model for the potential 5G revenues in the U.S. from 2021 to 2026, including the potential of each major source of revenue. For the purposes of this report, ‘5G’ is defined as networks using IMT-2020. The first networks are not expected to be deployed before 2020, with the first commercial services launched in 2021. The model does include, however, the potential for fixed wireless broadband services to the home, such as those using the LMDS (Local Multipoint Distribution Service) bands.

The first 5G services are likely to include some or all of the following:

  • High bandwidth services for mobile devices, including support for HD video.
  • Support for fixed wireless video and Internet services, including HD video.
  • Types of “evolved” IoT use cases that go beyond today’s examples of metering, connected cars and homes, and B2B applications that connect stoves and vending machines to their owners’ back-end systems – and many other examples.
  • Wide-support for advertising-driven business models to support new mobile business cases.Note that potential revenues from product placement (in operator-created content) and sponsored content are not included in this model.
  • Support for network ‘slicing’ enabling mobile operators to provide private network services to third party organizations. This model does not include a revenue forecast for network slicing.

This report models four major sources of potential revenue for 5G for the mobile operators:

  • Mobile data subscriptions based on the data used on each connection per month (the current business model for LTE networks)
  • Advertising revenues for basic services and for video services
  • Entertainment revenues from the mobile operators selling video, TV and other entertainment to consumers
  • Fixed wireless broadband services to the home, in competition to cable, fiber-to-the-home, DSL and other wired broadband services.

iGR did not model the potential revenues from IoT or network slicing. At this time, the revenue potential from 5G IoT is believed to be small, since most IoT connections will be carried by 3G, LTE and low power networks, including LTE-LP. While the concept of network slicing is understood, the business models have yet to be defined or the value proposition (i.e., how the service is likely to be priced) fully understood.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is 5G? How is it defined and/or viewed right now?
  • What is in 5G? When will 5G happen?
  • What is the anticipated timing of 5G services based on the IMT-2020 standard?
  • What are the characteristics of the core 5G services?
  • How many IMT-2020 5G connections can be expected in the U.S. from 2021 to 2026?
  • What are potential sources of revenue for 5G networks?
  • What will drive the 5G subscription service model?
  • What will drive the 5G advertising revenue model?
  • What are the drivers for 5G-based entertainment revenues?
  • How do each source of revenues compare? Which is the most significant and why?
  • What are the total revenues expected from 5G from 2021-2026?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Mobile device OEMs
  • Mobile service and application developers
  • IoT vendors and solutions providers
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Backhaul service providers and equipment OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • Defining 5G
    • 5G Revenue Sources
    • U.S. 5G Revenue Model
  • Methodology
    • Terminology
    • Connections and Subscribers
  • Requirements of 5G
    • Latency
    • Fixed Wireless Broadband
    • 5G Network Requirements
    • Operational Requirements
  • 5G Timeline
  • 5G Services and Use Cases
  • 5G Revenue Sources
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Fixed wireless broadband
    • Advertising
    • Entertainment
    • IoT
    • Network slicing
  • 5G Revenue Model Assumptions
    • Overall assumptions
    • Mobile service revenue assumptions
    • Fixed wireless revenue assumptions
    • Advertising revenue assumptions
    • Entertainment revenue assumptions
  • U.S. 5G Revenue Model
    • Connections and Subscribers
    • Revenue from Mobile Services
    • Revenue from Advertising
    • Revenue from Fixed Wireless Broadband
    • Revenue from Entertainment Packages
    • Total 5G Revenue
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: U.S. IMT-2020 Connections and Subscribers, 2021-2026
  • Table 2: ARPU and Revenue($M) from 5G Mobile Services, 2021-2026
  • Table 3: Monthly Unique Visitor Amount and Annual Revenue ($M) from 5G Web Advertising, 2021-2026
  • Table 4: CPM Amount and Annual Revenue from 5G Video Advertising, 2021-2026
  • Table 5: Total Annual Revenue from 5G Advertising, 2021-2026
  • Table 6: ARPU, Penetration and Annual Revenue from 5G Fixed Wireless Broadband Services, 2021-2026
  • Table 7: ARPU, Penetration and Annual Revenue from 5G Entertainment Services, 2021-2026
  • Table 8: Total Annual 5G Revenue ($M) by Service, 2021-2026
  • Table 9: Blended ARPU for all 5G Services, 2021-2026
  • Table 10: Total Annual 5G Revenue by Service (Percent), 2021-2026
  • Table 11: Revenue from Non-Mobile Services (Percent), 2021-2026

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Annual 5G Revenue ($M) by Service, 2021-2026
  • Figure B: Total Annual 5G Revenue ($M), 2021-2026
  • Figure C: Total Annual 5G Revenue by Service (Percent), 2021-2026
  • Figure D: Revenue from Non-Mobile Services (Percent), 2021-2026
  • Figure 1: Average Wired Broadband Latency, Reported by FCC in 2014
  • Figure 2: Timeline for IMT-2020 (5G)
  • Figure 3: Facebook Advertising Revenue ($M)
  • Figure 4: Google Advertising Revenue ($M)
  • Figure 5: Verizon go90
  • Figure 6: U.S. IMT-2020 Connections and Subscribers, 2021-2026
  • Figure 7: Revenue ($M) from 5G Mobile Services, 2021-2026
  • Figure 8: Annual Revenue ($M) from 5G Web Advertising, 2021-2026
  • Figure 9: Annual Revenue ($M) from 5G Video Advertising, 2021-2026
  • Figure 10: Total Annual Revenue from 5G Advertising, 2021-2026
  • Figure 11: Annual Revenue from 5G Fixed Wireless Broadband Services, 2021-2026
  • Figure 12: Annual Revenue from 5G Entertainment Services, 2021-2026
  • Figure 13: Total Annual 5G Revenue ($M) by Service, 2021-2026
  • Figure 14: Total Annual 5G Revenue ($M), 2021-2026
  • Figure 15: Blended ARPU for all 5G Services, 2021-2026
  • Figure 16: Total Annual 5G Revenue by Service (Percent), 2021-2026
  • Figure 17: Revenue from Non-Mobile Services (Percent), 2021-2026

For additional information on the U.S. 5G Revenues, 2021-2026: The need for new revenue sources market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.