Guide: How to Evaluate US Mobile Operator 5G Plans

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1Q 2016 | IN-4012


5G Noise


When US mobile operators are making public statements around their 5G plans and activities, there is a mix of substance and aspirational marketing. To understand where they are, one must put this into context based on an understanding of 5G technology, the timing of 5G standards, and each mobile operator’s assets.  Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all made public announcements of their current plans. T-Mobile joined Verizon and AT&T with its own announcement with Nokia on February 23, 2016.

What to Look For


Just to be clear, each mobile operator can make strategic shifts through a major refocus of plans or a change in financial situation caused by an influx of subscribers, an acquisition, being sold, or by partnering with another huge company.  And 5G is four to five years away from commercialization and six to nine years from being considered mass-market.  A lot can change.  For now, US mobile operators can be judged by their current situation and plans, but any future p…

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