Tech Trends That WON’T Happen in 2021: Environmentally Friendly 5G, Explainable AI, Mainstream Virtual Reality, and Wi-Fi 6E, to Name a Few


ABI Research’s 2021 Trend Report identifies the 37 key technology trends that will deliver in 2021 – and the 31 that will not

Oyster Bay, New York – 01 Dec 2020

As 2020 finally winds down, predictions abound on the technology advancements and innovations expected in the year ahead. However, several highly anticipated advancements, including environmentally friendly 5G, explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI), mainstream Virtual Reality (AR), and ubiquitous Wi-Fi 6E, will NOT happen in 2021, states global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

In its new whitepaper, 68 Technology Trends That Will Shape 2021: Predictions for What Will and Will Not Happen in The Year Ahead, ABI Research’s analysts identify 37 trends that will shape the technology market and 31 others that, although attracting huge amounts of speculation and commentary, are less likely to move the needle over the next twelve months. “We are nearly finished with one of the most challenging years the world has ever seen. We have had change thrust upon us all, and the fundamental machinations of standard business processes have been stressed to the point where change has manifested itself as an evolutionary necessity,” says Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer at ABI Research. “For success in 2021, one must understand fundamental trends early, and take a view on those trends that are buoyed by hyperbole and those that are sure to be uncomfortable realities. Now is the time to double down on the right technology investment.”

What won’t happen in 2020?

Environmentally Friendly 5G: “Global 5G subscriptions are forecast to grow from 234 million in 2020 to 347 million in 2021 at a rate of 48.4%. This accelerated growth in 5G adoption will strain the environment as a growing number of consumers will be switching over to 5G devices to take advantage of the high speeds and low latency. The transition will potentially create large amounts of electronic waste,” explains Jun Wei Ee, 5G and Mobile Network Infrastructure Research Analyst at ABI Research.

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