"I don't know if there's going to be one killer use case because there's going to be so many use cases," Laxdal said. "It's not about everyone being connected, but everything being connected most efficiently."
Overall, the outlook for 5G remains uncertain. Even the groups that claim they'll be first to bring a 5G network to reality aren't ready to promise a permanent deployment. At the same meeting where they targeted the 2018 Winter Olympics as a debut for its 5G network, South Korea's delegates from the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning said they aren't expecting commercial availability until 2020.
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