The 5G Market: What Can We Expect?
The USA Labor Market
Smart Cities are here, IoT is not a myth anymore and ultra-high-speed data is not limited to wire line networks either. Remote real-time surgeries in the medical environment and fast response to emergencies in the public safety are just a few of the thousands of business cases 5G is bringing to society. Technology has evolved in a way that what was once a fantasy or science-fiction idea 20 years ago, is becoming a reality in the present times. 5G radio network design followed by the careful implementation in the field and from back office, together with strong capabilities in the core side of the network will enable the features that will not only connect people, but also things.
Ultimately, 5G has arrived. US carriers have launched commercial use of the next generation network, but, things have only just begun. With (fast) video in demand, the next 4-5 years will be spent building up 5G networks to make up 55% of subscriptions in the US in 2024.
The Big 5G players in USA
In the last few weeks, our consultants working on Sprint projects have completed 600 sites so far nationwide. Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Kansas City are the first to get 5G services. Major players with the OEM products are:
- Samsung Technology America (STA)
They have all been incredibly busy in the last 2 quarters and it will not stop until the end of the year.
The Candidate Experience
Speaking with Nadeem, one of our RF Engineers, he enlightens what it’s like working on 5G in the US and how to get there. He explained that, to get into RF engineering in the US, you need a minimum of an Electrical/Electronics Engineering Degree ideally with a Telecoms Major. It is also required to have an understanding of 5G architecture, 5G standards and training.
Wray Castle is a specialist training organisation that trains a range of industries but specialises in telecommunications. It has 235 courses available in telecoms regulation, mobile and fixed networks as well as dedicated consultant training.
Expectations for the future of 5G are positive, Nadeem is optimistic that everyone and everything will have to adopt sooner or later to reap the benefits:
“Every Mobile Network eventually will adopt 5G in the world sooner or later, as data growth is exponential since smart phones have been introduced, and IoT, self-driving cars and other industries, will need fast 5G networks for real time communications.”
According to an Ericsson report, the traffic generated by smartphones will increase by 10 times. Even though smartphones have completely overtaken every other device, 5G will play a vital part in boosting the efficiency, quality and security of communicative technology.
For newcomers, Nadeem has advised to get up to date with the tech as much as you can. Having a working knowledge of 4G is an absolute must and any specific completed training/qualifications in Radio Frequency will go a long way.
“If you’re already in the industry then try and get involved in 5G trials within your current company.”
As for the 5G jobs, First Point Group USA have many feet on the ground currently working for the network rollout, swap, modernizations and swap-out projects. We have teams in many states performing the construction/tower management, installation, C&I and software upgrades. The biggest names in telecoms are looking for experts to fill the following jobs:
- RF Planning
- RF Optmization
- Tower Construction
- Tower Design/Planning
- Tower Installation
- Rollout Project Management
- Rollout Project Coordination
Telecom Vendors are testing features and capabilities in the lab, releasing software and hardware that is creating the path to the unimaginable. The rollout and network implementation is demanding a high level of experience and knowledge from the professionals to bring 5G coverage in every single place where 5G will be beneficial.
There will be many jobs created this year. We are hiring a large amount of RF engineers already on behalf of our clients. The future is now, and FPG evolution is side-to-side with the technology trends by working together with our engineers. Please get in touch with our recruiting team for exciting opportunities.
If you’re a US citizen, get in touch with FPG Dallas today:
British, Australian and Singaporean nationals – please get in touch as we are able to arrange visas for appropriate candidates.