The Six Paths to 5G Emerging in the USA

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4Q 2018 | IN-5325


5G Gets the MNO, MSO, and Towerco Treatment


In a previous Foresight, “5G will Radically Transform RAN Design and Topology as Multiple Spectrum Bands and Use Cases Converge”, ABI Research discussed how spectrum and use case will fundamentally alter Radio Access Network (RAN) implementation in the 5G era. In this Foresight, we dive into the details of how the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Multiple System Operators (MSOs), and tower companies in the United States are implementing 5G. More background can also be found in our upcoming report 5G in the U.S.

Several mobile service provider executives have voiced their concerns that 5G revenue will grow at a much slower pace than that of 4G. This means that the new generation will be deployed in a phased manner and not nationwide—at least for the first years of its commercial life. Widespread adoption of 5G will be gated by user equipment and handset availability. At some point, the entire value chain will be conflicted. Will device manufacturers choose to add 5G capability in their smartphones when there is not wide coverage in the …

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