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Mobile network operators (MNOs) recognise the strategic importance of 5G, but most will defer investing until the technology matures and the business need for 5G becomes clearer and stronger. In the meantime, vendors must aim to deliver 5G-style use cases by upgrading existing LTE network capacity to 4.5G, and supporting virtualisation of the EPC and RAN to improve MNO operations and sustain network investment.
This report answers the following questions.
- What are the key inhibitors for 5G deployment and how can these be mitigated?
- What are the opportunities for vendors to deploy incremental LTE network improvements while planning for 5G?
- What are the 5G potential revenue-making opportunities for MNOs?
- What are the challenges for incumbent RAN vendors and the opportunities for challengers in the new modularised and disaggregated mobile network world?
Case studies included in this report
Analysys Mason's survey indicates that most MNOs are likely to invest in 5G between 2020 and 2026