Mobile Sports Streaming, Gaming and E-sports: A revenue opportunity for 5G operators?

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Mobile Sports Streaming, Gaming and E-sports: A revenue opportunity for 5G operators?

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Mobile Sports Streaming, Gaming and E-sports: A revenue opportunity for 5G operators?
There’s been a lot of speculation in the market about the revenue upside for 5G operators.
Our latest Australian consumer survey shows there is good 5G market awareness and that 18% of subscribers would consider paying a price premium for a better 5G network experience.For the sports streaming segment we found:
  • 33% would be willing to pay more for a better 5G sports viewing experience and
  • Nearly 60% of sports fans said they would be interested in sports apps which allowed users to change viewing angles/cameras etc. (a 5G delivery feature)
  • 38% of respondents would be willing to switch providers if another telco offered their favourite sports.
For the gaming segment we found:
  • 20% of mobile gamers would be willing to pay a 5G price premium
  • However when we looked into the gaming genres, action shooter games or Fortnite players lifted this willingness to pay to 43%.
Venture Insights believes a 5G product which allows subscribers to move to a separate 5G slice which provides enhanced data throughput would clearly work with the gaming and sports consumer segments and benefit the network provider if offered as a (for example) $5 - $10 monthly option.
The risk is that if Telcos stick with AYCE and unlimited plans, then the platform operators (such as Google Stadia) will benefit from the cloud based gaming subscriptions and take advantage of a better 5G network.