Liberty CTO Nair: 5G a ‘game changer,’ but not a wireline replacement

Liberty CTO Nair: 5G a ‘game changer,’ but not a wireline replacement 640 480 C-Suite Network

AMSTERDAM — Liberty Global CTO Balan Nair said 5G will be a “game-changer” in its superior ability to transfer data, but the technology will not replace fixed-network broadband services anytime soon.

“The economics just aren’t there,” Nair said on a Friday panel full of media and telecom CTOs at the IBC Show. “You’re talking about buying hundreds of towers and all of that spectrum. And on the residential end, putting a device outside the window and wiring it back into the home. It’s a question of business model and if you plan on making any money….