Verizon’s Fixed Wireless 5G Strategy?

Verizon may be positioning itself to capture financial benefit by deploying point-to-point 5G in the delivery of high-speed Internet to homes,

by deploying to markets dominated by competitors.

For Verizon, fixed wireless/point-to-point wireless has low developmental complexity compared to the deployment of 5G to cell phone networks, while also affording economic efficiencies.

Once delivered from a small-cell hub to the home, low-latency high-bandwidth 5G could then be extended directly into devices such as televisions, appliances, and home phones thereby eliminating the relevance of WiFi-networks and physical cables within the home. 

5G has the capacity to redefine our perceptions regarding wireless technology and Verizon may already recognize the untapped potential for growth and new markets in a new “Industrial Revolution.” 

5G use cases are likely to be envisioned and deployed over a ten to twenty-year life cycle. The deployment of 5G infrastructures, such as increased density of fiber optic cable and arrays of small cells, has significant cost and could create barriers to entry for followers and competitors. 

It makes business and economic sense for companies such as Verizon to pursue a long-term strategy while leveraging immediate efficiencies through the replacement of costly legacy infrastructure. In contrast, it seems that Verizon’s competitors are shifting their business models towards the provision of content.

Once delivered from a small-cell hub to the home, low-latency high-bandwidth 5G could then be extended directly into devices such as televisions, appliances, and home phones thereby eliminating the relevance of wifi-networks and physical cables within the home. 

5G has the capacity to redefine our perceptions regarding wireless technology and Verizon may already recognize the untapped potential for growth and new markets in a new “Industrial Revolution.” 

5G use cases are likely to be envisioned and deployed over a ten to the twenty-year life cycle. The deployment of 5G infrastructures, such as increased density of fiber optic cable and arrays of small cells, has significant cost and could create barriers to entry for followers and competitors. 

It makes business and economic sense for companies such as Verizon to pursue a long-term strategy while leveraging immediate efficiencies through the replacement of costly-legacy infrastructure. In contrast, It seems on the surface that Verizon competitors are shifting their business models towards the provision of content.

copyright W. Pollock 12/16/2018 w@wepollock.com edited by Mike Botwin

5G/Blockchain the Payment and Ticketing “Killer Application”

QR code-based payment systems such as WeChat could eventually be replaced with 5G technology working in synergy with a Blockchain database.

Easier than turning a car key, Blockchain could provide transactional security between 5G nodes and “dumb” 5G POS nodes in tight geographic proximity, secured by one-time use codes and two key encryption, transparently and on demand. Instead of a QR scanner, the merchant would have a device borne public key so he/she could accept payment, with the customer sharing a highly secure one-time use private key and a dollar amount with the merchant transfer.

The processing power for the initial communication and Blockchain exchange would sit near the POS system residing at the network edge. The verified transaction could then be transferred with low latency to financial institutions denominated in domestic currency.

When people think about 5G they may think of faster cell phone speed. When people think of Blockchain they may think about Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. It’s hard to imagine an automobile when you live in an age of horses and carts.

The potential of these two technologies resides outside accepted understanding and perceptions. Use case rich 5G has many “killer applications” that can easily be envisioned in the future. There are many inefficient systems such as the exchange of QR codes that can be replaced with transparent and fully secure solutions using zero latency 5G.