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5G in the United States

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The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the 5G ecosystem in the United States, including deployments, spectrum allocation, M&A activities, and main use cases. Compared to other early movers such as China, Japan or South Korea, the United States has a unique position based on its mobile service providers' enhanced financial position, developed telecommunication ecosystem, already allocated 5G spectrums, and active and flexible regulatory authorities. All four MSPs will start their 5G service the end of Q1 2019, however, operators are using different methods: While Verizon is focusing on 5G home broadband first, AT&T already started to sell its 5G hotspot which is sharing throughput over Wi-Fi, T-Mobile is focusing on nationwide coverage in low-band, and Sprint is focusing on 2.5 GHz and the upgradeable Massive MIMO antennas.

Beyond the first 5G related industrial applications,  the report also includes a forecast about the number of the 5G capable devices and 5G subscriptions in the United States. During 2019, ABI Research expects that mobile service providers will deploy eMBB first in megacities, dense urban areas, live sharing locations (e.g., stadiums and concert venues), urban commuter routes, spectrum exhaust areas, and company and university campuses. ABI Research gives a holistic overview of the key players in the U.S. 5G landscape: vendors, mobile service providers, furthermore also present the upcoming trends, potential M&A activity. Overall, this summary examines the main bottlenecks and opportunities, and aims to help understand one of the most influential 5G early adapter in the world. Companies profiled in this report include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. FOUR MAIN FACTORS ARE AFFECTING U.S. 5G DEPLOYMENTS
    • 2.1. Rapidly Increasing Consumer Data Traffic
    • 2.2. New Industry-Related Business Cases
    • 2.3. Spectrum
    • 2.4. Merger and Acquisition Activities
  • 3. OPERATORS' 5G DEPLOYMENT PLANS ARE DIFFERING
    • 3.1. Verizon
    • 3.2. AT&T
    • 3.3. T-Mobile
    • 3.4. Sprint
    • 3.5. FWA in the United States
    • 3.6. Growing Number of 5G Small Cells Is Changing RAN Transport
    • 3.7. Devices and Subscriber Growth
  • 4. U.S. VENDOR ECOSYSTEM