Not All Enterprise Use Cases Are Created Equal

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By Leo Gergs | 4Q 2019 | IN-5640


Some Good News to Begin With


With the rollout of 5G in the consumer market continuing to take shape (as of October 2019, 84 operators have deployed 5G networks and there have been 1,137 5G deployments worldwide), Communications Service Providers (CSPs) also begin to mention enterprise verticals as a potential use case for 5G connectivity and tentatively present their Business-to-Business (B2B) business models, which are expected to kick off with the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)’s freeze of release 16 in 2020.

This is a positive development, as it shows CSPs’ growing awareness of the importance of enterprise verticals for the success of 5G, as argued in the ABI Insight 5G Will Fail without Enterprise Applications (IN-5591)However, the way network operators talk about enterprise verticals as an area of application illuminates another fundamental misconception: it creates the impression of the enterprise vertical domain as homogenous in terms of use cases and technology requirements, therefore suggesting a “one size fits all” kind of deployment solution to…

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