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Network operators and their vendor partners will work hard to improve 5G service quality and headline speeds during 2020, and the first commercial standalone 5G networks will be deployed.


  • 5G standalone networks, which are widely regarded as a vital step towards the realization of support for a range of use cases for enterprises and vertical industry sectors, will start to be deployed in 2020.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers the key areas which Ovum has identified as being important to shaping the radio access market in 2020
  • 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 2020?
  • What recommended actions should CSPs and vendors be taking to address these important areas?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

Standalone deployments will not suddenly unleash full 5G

  • 5G SA is the platform, but work still needs to be done

RAN enhancements will be driven by operators' 5G priorities

  • Dual connectivity can boost 5G data rates, but operators face a choice
  • Dynamic spectrum sharing will bring flexibility and a performance boost to 5G

Massive MIMO will get smarter and lighter and work better with 5G

  • AAS technology will only be selectively deployed for 5G during 2020
  • Key messages

The focus on private 5G networks must start yielding results

  • More spectrum is being earmarked for private use
  • Key messages


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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