If you have been following discussions of what 5G will enable, you know that the conventional wisdom has been a trio of enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine-type communications and ultra-reliable low-latency communications. It has the feel of guesswork. Recently, more pragmatic answers are showing up.
Fixed wireless, using 5G as a substitute for cabled network consumer internet access, now is becoming a more common example of a 5G use case, and likely indicates we are moving beyond speculative to more-concrete use cases. Some will consider 5G fixed wireless a form of “enhanced mobile broadband.” Others will argue it is a new use case. I personally lean towards the latter view. Fixed wireless is going to become a substitute for fixed network internet access.