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This reports looks at 5G from a technology perspective. Topics include what applications 5G is designed for, what vendors are currently doing when it comes to 5G, and Ovum’s latest RAN infrastructure forecast for 5G.


  • Spectrum is a major factor in 5G’s future. The spectrum bands that operators use for 5G will determine the type of services mobile operators can offer and the size of their networks’ footprints.

Features and Benefits

  • Get a better understanding of how fixed wireless access fits into the overall 5G picture.
  • Gain insights into how 5G networks will be deployed.

Key questions answered

  • How do expenditures on 5G base stations compare to LTE in 2021?
  • Which RAN vendor is working with which major mobile operator when it comes to 5G?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

The 5G standard

  • 5G is being designed to meet multiple use cases
  • The standardization process

Vendors are all keeping themselves busy with 5G

  • Prior to actual deployments, vendors are focusing on 5G “firsts” and commercial progress

5G RAN forecast

  • 5G will have minimal impact on the RAN revenue market through 2021
  • Spectrum will play a major role in how networks are deployed and used


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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