Why do we need 5G? The answer may surprise you. Wireless Analyst Joe Madden presents some strategic insights on the economics of 5G. When you view 5G through an economic lens, all the rationale for spectrum and network deployment makes sense. Taking it one step further, he illustrates how virtualization and O-RAN will play their roles in the emerging ecosystem, making the network more scalable, adaptable, and saving money in some cases. He also highlights the impact of trends like O-RAN and vRAN on Xilinx and the opportunities that are coming up. Finally, he illustrates where we’ll go from here. Will the industry develop a 6G? Will 6G do anything that 5G cannot do?