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Ovum has identified four key trends relating to the area of radio access that will be the subject of important developments and much industry discussions in 2018.


  • LTE will be the mainstay of radio networks well into the next decade. Commercial 5G services are still more than two years away, and sustained investment in LTE networks will be necessary.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers four areas that Ovum has identified as being important to shaping the radio access market in 2018.
  • Provides recommendations to service providers as well as vendors.

Key questions answered

  • What are the major trends to watch in the radio access market during 2018?
  • What recommended actions should CSPs and vendors be taking to address these important areas?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers
  • Recommendations for vendors

Edge computing

  • Edge computing explained
  • More work to do on standards
  • Where is the business case?

IoT and other vertical opportunities

  • LTE provides the platform for expansion into new markets
  • Operators will expand their IoT networks

Massive MIMO for LTE-Advanced and 5G

  • Providing a cost-effective solution for capacity growth
  • Focus extends to FDD and 5G

5G trials and proofs of concept

  • Focusing on the practical challenges of 5G


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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