The Changing 5G Value Chain and What It Means for Mobile Service Providers

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By Leo Gergs | 4Q 2019 | IN-5618


Enterprise Verticals Need Flexible Spectrum Models


While commercial 5G is being deployed in more and more countries as we head toward 4Q 2019, associations and regulators across the globe are working on how to make 5G more attractive to enterprise verticals. One of the central demands coming from potential implementers, as well as associations like the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) and the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), is the provision of a dedicated spectrum band for 5G so that enterprises would not have to use public network frequencies for their deployment projects. Since more and more regulators are realizing the gravity of this demand, there are now different models for how to satisfy the need for a different spectrum allocation for cellular networks.

One of the first cases of this was the German regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) announcing that it would dedicate a 100 MHz spectrum band (3.7 GHz-3.8 GHz) to enterprise use cases exclusively. These frequencies would not be auctioned to network operators, but rather given to enterprises directly through th…

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