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In this note, Ovum analyzes some of the major themes related to the radio access network coming out of Mobile World Congress 2017.


  • Vendors made several new product announcements around 5G, some of which were clearly driven by their relationship with Verizon.
  • New antenna technologies have taken on a more prominent role within the mobile ecosystem.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain a better understanding of the importance of antennas as they relate to 5G.
  • Gain insights into the issues that vendors and service providers should prioritize when looking at 5G.

Key questions answered

  • Why were some vendors more aggressive in their commercial 5G announcements than others?
  • Why are vendors putting more focus on their antenna portfolios?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • MWC 2017 brings a plethora of new 5G radios and antennas
  • With 5G, new antenna technologies will be more important than ever before
  • 5G applications need more work


  • Further reading
  • Author

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