Gartner: 5G rises as overall wireless infrastructure spending falls

The pandemic took a measurable toll on the market for wireless infrastructure, but 5G spending remains a bright spot.

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Despite the continued rise of 5G technology on carrier networks, overall spending on wireless infrastructure is set to dip slightly this year, according to the latest forecast from research firm Gartner.

COVID-19, unsurprisingly, has proved a drag on new construction in most parts of the world, which helped slow the growth of 5G infrastructure deployment. Despite that, the total investment in 5G should still nearly double, to a total of about $8.1 billion.

The issue, however, is spending on older technologies, according to Michael Porowski, Gartner senior research principal analyst.

"As 5G ramps up, it's becoming a larger piece of the overall wireless infrastructure pie, but it's not so large yet that the large percentage gains that we see monopolize wireless infrastructure," he said. "And the macro layer, which includes [legacy tech], is still a $30 billion market."

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