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Much of the talk at MWC 2018 was focused on the practical issues surrounding 5G, such as the migration path for operators launching in non-standalone mode and the need to build capacity in transport networks.


  • Commercial massive-MIMO products were widely on show at MWC, but other technologies that will support 5G use cases have yet to mature.

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  • Read about how the major vendors at MWC said they will support both non-standalone and standalone 5G networks.
  • Find out how increased demands on transport networks arising from 5G should open up opportunities in areas including both backhaul and fronthaul.

Key questions answered

  • What were the major vendors saying about their 5G plans at MWC 2018?
  • What were the key topics under discussion at this year's MWC?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • 5G support for use cases other than eMBB and FWA will take time
  • Massive MIMO goes on show
  • Preferred option emerges for non-standalone 5G NR deployment
  • 5G will need more fixed capacity


  • Further reading

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