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Mobile Network Infrastructure delivers end-to-end coverage of the infrastructure with a strong emphasis on access networks and enabling technologies, as well as the data traffic flowing across these networks. Our coverage includes radio access topologies from antennas, base stations, and access points to supporting front-haul, back-haul technologies. We pay special focus to innovative technology deployments for indoor and outdoor networks operating under both licensed and unlicensed spectrums, including MIMO, massive MIMO and beamforming, distributed antenna systems, carrier aggregation, new waveforms, and new modulation schemes.

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Evolving 4G Networks to 5G

This report reviews key Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) areas of work in LTE and 5G, and it discusses important network upgrade considerations facing operators. It provides an overview of key 5G features and architecture, non-standalone 5G network deployment options, key network upgrade considerations, and the evolution of LTE networks to support 5G.


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66 Days to 5G Demonstration…

4Q 2017

It is now approximately 66 days to the South Korean Olympics, where the Korean operators intend to demo the first 5G services. It is also well known that Japan will use its Summer Olympics to have a commercial 5G network up and running. However, it is increasingly looking like 2020 could be a busy year for 5G. In a recent speech, Ericsson declared that it has revised the 5G mobile operator timetable considering increased interest from telcos. Indeed, ABI’s research supports this. Based on a review of 50 key countries, by the end of 2020, 30% will have at least small scale 5G trials or initial commercial deployments. By the end of 2022, 5G trials or initial commercial deployments are likely to ramp up to 85%. The interest and commitment are building, but 5G will represent several new innovations/upgrades that the mobile telco will need to implement to make the most of 5G… The first commercial deployments are likely to be C-Band (3.5 ~ 4 GHz) or for Fixed Wireless Access (28+ GHz) applications.

Analyst Support

Every client is assigned a key member of our research team, based on their organization’s needs and goals. And, an unlimited number of Analyst Inquiry calls are available to answer your specific questions.

Stuart Carlaw

Chief Research Officer

Dominique Bonte

Vice President, Verticals/End Markets

Malik Saadi

Vice President, Strategic Technologies

Jake Saunders

Vice President, Asia-Pacific & Advisory Services

Dan Shey

Vice President, Enabling Platforms

Nick Marshall

Research Director

Dimitris Mavrakis

Research Director

Lance Wilson

Research Director

Prayerna Raina

Senior Analyst

Lian Jye Su

Senior Analyst


5G Acceleration – Reality and Opportunities for Non-Consumer Markets

In this webinar, we’ll provide our view on the evolution of 5G. Will the many impacted industries work together to operationalize the networks? What will this mean for the ecosystem? We’ll look at applications and use cases for vertical market adjacencies.

Key topics include:

  • Assessment of 5G capabilities related to bandwidth, latency and D2D in terms of vertical applications and use cases
  • Evolutionary nature of cellular technologies and mobile ecosystem support for vertical lifecycle management