Properly leveraging 5G infrastructure will lead to over 3.6 billion shipments of 5G-enabled devices by 2030, 5G


5G positioning technology has the potential to bring major benefits to location deployments across many consumer and enterprise positioning use cases. According to a new study by Global Technology Intelligence ABI Searchability to take advantage of 5G infrastructure will drive more than 3.6 billion shipments of 5G-enabled devices by 2030. However, 5G positioning will only reach its true potential with the arrival of 5G Advanced, which will lead to accelerated adoption from 2026.

“While 5G positioning is extensively specified in early versions of the 5G 3GPP standards, the technology will only become commercially attractive and competitive with 5G Advanced, which will enable real-time positioning over 5G to be more accurate and cost-efficient. energy, with competitive end-terminal pricing points,” says Mark Qi, location technology research analyst at ABI Research. “Reduced Capability (RedCap) will play a fundamental role in enabling new consumer use cases such as tracking people, pets, and consumer assets through simple and cost-effective tracking. Other potential enhancements to advanced 5G include reductions in latency and power consumption, improvements through machine learning and sensor fusion, efficiency improvements, and cooperative location using side-link relays.

For the enterprise, these more accurate, energy-limited, and cost-effective devices are needed for 5G positioning to support many diverse use cases desired in industry, logistics, healthcare, smart city, and business. other environments. Support for this will come as the industry grows and the hardware becomes more commercialized, although it will likely take several years. “Companies are always looking for a solution that stands out when it comes to enabling localization in a scalable and cost-effective way. Although there are very few commercially available 5G positioning options, early 5G positioning deployments such as Huawei, ZTE, and Nokia are taking advantage of version 16-based systems. These solutions, however, lack accuracy, latency , profitability and power. efficiency that meets most end-user requirements, and only by addressing these issues will enterprises be forced to deploy 5G at scale. Qi adds, “We can expect an earlier and more gradual deployment of 5G positioning in enterprises compared to the consumer market where private 5G deployments are gaining momentum and enterprises are increasingly moving towards digitalization. systems by taking advantage of positioning.

However, the availability of equipment based on version 17 and 18 will ultimately solve all the company’s problems and will attract more interest and support from telecommunications and chipset vendors such as Nokia, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Huawei. ABI Research expects 5G Advanced products, the majority of which will support 5G positioning, to hit the market from 2025/2026, with wide-scale adoption by 2027 at the earliest. “The success of 5G positioning or otherwise will largely depend on the rapid development of 3GPP specifications, the formation of the ecosystem and the commercialization of 5G positioning solutions from infrastructure providers, device OEMs and network operators. mobile networks,” warns Qi.


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