FOCUS: Minor metals and 5G roll-out

The shock to minor metal consumption caused by the challenges of Covid-19 may be partly ameliorated by the promise of demand from the roll-out of fifth generation (5G) technology. Fastmarkets’ Cristina Belda considers the metals needed and the present outlook for 5G.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was expected to be an important year for the roll-out of 5G networks, with more operator launches globally and declining prices for smartphones and other 5G devices.
While the roll-out of 5G has been disrupted in the short term, the increase in remote working caused by lockdown measures has underscored the need for greater bandwidth capacity along with fast and reliable networks, after there has been an exponential rise in data traffic, market sources told Fastmarkets.
US carrier Verizon has increased its capital expenditure guidance for the year and AT&T made 5G networks available in 190 markets across the United States in April, despite the challenges of Covid-19 related disruptions. The advantages of 5G are undimmed, since this next generation of networks will be able to stream data about 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks.

The pandemic has also highlighted the...


Cristina Belda

August 05, 2020

09:10 GMT