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5G: Review of 5G Technology Readiness and Commercialization

"5G: Review of 5G Technology Readiness and Commercialization", is a Global Outlook Report by GlobalData that gives an overview of the emerging 5G standard and the main market requirement trends worldwide with a competitive insight to players driving 5G deployment. With the first 5G radio equipment now available, initiatl 5G deployments have begun, led by operators in Korea, Japan and the U.S. The introduction of the first 5G mobile handsets later in 2019, as well as further evolution of 5G radio and core specifications, will drive massive adoption of 5G beginning in 2020.

This report identifies the technology underpinning the move toward deployment of 5G networks. The report focuses on key developments across the radio, core and transport network domains. The report also identifies the established and emerging vendors participating in the 5G market and identifies important networking innovations being developed to enable network operators to achieve 5G's full potential.

The report is structured as follows –

– Section 1: The 5G Radio Access Network. This section discuses about newly developed 5G RAN standards with insights to market requirement behind 5G RAN deployment and explanation to available and emerging 5G RAN technologies. It also provides competitive study of incumbent as well as relatively new players or challengers operating in this segment.

– Section 2: The 5G Core. Here we discuses about newly developed 5G core standards with insights to market requirement behind 5G core deployment and explanation to available and emerging 5G core technologies. It also provides competitive study of incumbent as well as relatively new players or challengers operating in this segment which is further sub-segmented into IP services infrastructure and evolved packet core.

– Section 3: The 5G Transport Network. Here we discuss the importance of a programmable IP and optical transport network in order to achieve 5G's potential in terms of latency, reliability, and cost effectiveness.

– Section 4: Key Recommendations. We conclude the report with a set of key findings and critical considerations and recommendations for operators and vendors in 5G market.


– While pre-5G, pre-standards deployments have defined the 5G era thus far, significant hardening of standards related to both radio and core innovations took place in 2018. After completing the first 5G standard in December 2017 for ‘non-standalone’ 5G new radio (NR), the 3GPP, which defines the standards governing cellular technologies, approved the standalone version in June 2018. The non-standalone version enables 5G NR to be deployed on top of an existing LTE core; however, the standalone version enables operators to build greenfield all-5G networks.

– Meanwhile, operators continue to refine the 5G core based on the service-based architecture (SBA). Building a 5G core will be crucial to enabling 5G-related features such as network slicing, but SBA represents a radical change in network design. The reference architecture for SBA is well defined, but the transition will be rocky. As a result, vendors are working with operators to enable a smooth transition to SBA-based 5G core.

– 5G transport requirements dictate significant increase of bandwidth to the RRU of 10 Gbps and more; backhaul connectivity to CU will scale to 100 Gbps. 5G advanced use cases have very stringent synchronization and latency requirements as well, and vendors need to offer solutions that fulfill these 5G transport requirements cost-effectively, while also taking into account physical constraints (space and power available). Vendors should also take into account interworking between 5G transport and 5G core, and deploy solutions that serve other network domains as well (fixed access, carrier Ethernet, etc.) to optimize costs of 5G transport deployment and operation.

Reasons to Buy

– This report provides a global view of emerging standards for deploying 5G RAN as well as core network and trends in terms of market requirements, as well as competitive study of vendors/operators supporting 5G network deployment.

– This analysis is useful for telecom executives to evaluate their position vis-à-vis the major growth opportunities in 5G and make informed decisions about partner identification, strategic investments, value proposition and growth strategies to rapidly grow their 5G networks.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Technology: The 5G Radio Access Network

5G RAN Standards

5G RAN Market Requirements

5G RAN Technologies

5G RAN Competitive Landscape

Technology: The 5G Core

Key Technologies and Capabilities for Evolution to 5G

5G Core Standards

5G Core Market Requirements

5G Core Competitive Landscape

Technology: The 5G Transport Network

5G Transport Standards

5G Market Requirements

5G Transport Competitive Landscape

Key Recommendations


Acronyms and Definitions

Companies Mentioned

Related Research

About GlobalData

Contact Information

List of Figures

List of Figures

Exhibit 1: 5G Radio Standards Timeline

Exhibit 2: 5G Market Requirements

Exhibit 3: 5G Licensed Spectrum

Exhibit 4: Cloud RAN Architectures

Exhibit 5: Huawei 5G Presentation

Exhibit 6: Massive MIMO Products

Exhibit 7: Samsung 5G FWA Demo

Exhibit 8: Service-Based Architecture

Exhibit 9: 5G Core Flexibility Attributes

Exhibit 10: Smooth Evolution to One Converged Core Network

Exhibit 11: ZTE Telco DevOps

Exhibit 12: Cisco Core

Exhibit 13: Ericsson 5G Core System

Exhibit 14: Huawei 5G Core Architecture

Exhibit 15: Nokia Cloud-Native Core

Exhibit 16: ZTE Common Mobile Core

Exhibit 17: Affirmed Cloud-Native Mobile Core

Exhibit 18: CORD as New Network Edge Platform

Exhibit 19: Netcracker vEPC

Exhibit 20: ITU-T Transport Reference Network

Exhibit 21: ITU-T 5G Transport Latency Requirements

Exhibit 22: Ericsson 5G Dense Urban Rooftop Install

Exhibit 23: Nokia 5G Anyhaul Solution

Exhibit 24: Fujitsu 5G Transport Proposition


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