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After 3GPP in March announced accelerated development of the first 5G standards, this year's 5G World was an opportunity to gauge industry reaction to the new timeline and, specifically, how it will affect operators' 5G strategies.


  • One overriding message from 5G World is that 5G will be an evolution of 4G and that the operators focused on launching 5G early are the ones that are most advanced in their preparations with upgrades to their 4G networks and creating new services using them.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the latest 5G launch timelines.
  • Assesses what the different 5G standards will mean for network operators.

Key questions answered

  • What are the latest 5G launch timelines?
  • What do phase 1 and phase 2 5G standards mean for the industry?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Phase 1 5G will significantly enhance the mobile broadband user experience
  • Phase 2 will bring new service opportunities, although many of them are here today
  • Operators need to begin business transformation for 5G now
  • To realize 5G success, the industry has to work together and create partnerships
  • Ovum forecasts 5G subs will reach 111 million at end–'21, but 4G will still dominate


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  • Author

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