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Introduction

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Summary

  • 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

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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