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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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Massive MIMO Trials Pick Up Pace

4Q 2017

In September 2017, Huawei and Bharti Airtel in India announced a partnership to deploy massive MIMO technology in one of the main urban and business centers in India. Until the beginning of 2017, the majority of massive MIMO deployment news came from SoftBank in Japan and China Mobile in China. These early systems provided by Huawei and ZTE featured 128 antenna elements (the total number of transmit and receive antennas at the base station) deployed on commercial LTE networks. In Japan, Softbank has deployed massive MIMO systems in about 100 sites across 6 cities including Tokyo to increase the speeds of its existing services. Both operators have also stated that these technologies are pivotal to future 5G deployment. However, in the first six months of 2017 more than ten trials have been reported now; the Huawei and Bharti Airtel announcement being among the most recent.

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.

Malik Saadi

Vice President, Strategic Technologies

Nick Marshall

Research Director

Dimitris Mavrakis

Research Director

Lance Wilson

Research Director

Prayerna Raina

Senior Analyst

Lian Jye Su

Senior Analyst

Jake Saunders

Vice President, Asia-Pacific & Advisory Services

Webinar

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

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