The Rising Importance of 5G-ACIA and How MSPs Should React

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By Leo Gergs | 3Q 2019 | IN-5599


The Changing Landscape of 5G-Centered Organizations


As the commercial rollout of 5G continues to take shape, the deployment of 5G for enterprise verticals is expected to start in 2020 after the publication of 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 16. Along with this, new vertical-specific organizations are entering the landscape in order to make sure their industry-specific requirements are considered when framing 5G standards in the 3GPP, one of the most prominent of which being the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA), which focuses on requirements for the industrial manufacturing arena and is the most active organization in defining enterprise requirements for 5G networks today.

Already, 60% of work items in 3GPP’s SA1 come from enterprise verticals, and it is reasonable to expect this proportion will rise with the freeze of releases 16, 17, and beyond. This focus on enterprise verticals forces Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) and network infrastructure vendors to leave their comfort zone (the consumer market) and advance into new, largely unknown terr…

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