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5G Slicing Will be a US$66 Billion Market but First, Telcos Need to Recast Themselves

London, United Kingdom - 28 Nov 2018

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Physical industries are rapidly transforming on an unprecedented scale with digitization becoming a critical priority. End-to-end 5G network slicing is promised to be a growing part of that transformation but mobile service providers must change all aspects of their business before they address it. ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies, forecasts that network slicing stands to create approximately US$66 billion in value for enterprise verticals including manufacturing, logistics, and transportation by 2026.

5G network slicing has become the focus of much attention in part due to its intrinsic ability to afford flexibility and dedicated resources tuned to different industrial use cases. Legacy networks and wired technology dominate in the fragmented industrial environment of today, a rigid arrangement that is not conducive to high productivity levels. “Industrial segments such as manufacturing, logistics, and automotive are pursuing digitalization and automation with vitality and substantial investments. 5G network slicing aims to serve as a stepping stone to drive productivity growth and enable the high-performance connectivity that underpins the dynamic, secure, and reliable interconnection of industrial systems and machinery,” said Don Alusha, Senior Analyst at ABI Research.

Despite illustrating substantial growth in the coming years and reaching US$66 billion by 2026, network slicing revenues will be a mere 6% of total mobile service provider consumer revenues during the same year. Making this a much bigger opportunity and one that provides major growth prospects will require mobile service providers stepping out of their comfort zone: they will need to radically improve their marketing messages to enterprise verticals, they will need to change their terminology and language to their B2B clients, the will need to invest in Proof of Concepts in previously unexplored areas, they will need to engage in new brand partnerships and finally, they will need to invest in creating customized solutions for enterprise verticals.  

The adoption of 5G network slicing for manufacturing alone is expected to create a US$32 billion of value, at a CAGR of 96% through 2026. The second biggest revenue opportunity lies in the logistics sector, where the market is projected to increase from US$65 million in 2019 to US$20 billion in 2026, at a CAGR of 127%. “Our projections point to a healthy growth outlook but except for Telefonica, BT, and Deutsche Telekom, there is not much market activity of substance. The MSP ecosystem extends beyond this trio of operators, so we anticipate the wider community to start addressing enterprise verticals and entering an exploration phase in the coming years,” Alusha concluded.

These findings are from ABI Research’s 5G Network Slicing and Industry Verticals report. This report is part of the company’s Telco Digitization research service, which includes research, data, and Executive Foresights.

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ABI Research provides strategic guidance for visionaries needing market foresight on the most compelling transformative technologies, which reshape workforces, identify holes in a market, create new business models and drive new revenue streams. ABI’s own research visionaries take stances early on those technologies, publishing groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms. ABI analysts deliver their conclusions and recommendations in easily and quickly absorbed formats to ensure proper context. Our analysts strategically guide visionaries to take action now and inspire their business to realize a bigger picture. For more information about ABI Research’s forecasting, consulting and teardown services, visionaries can contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com.