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MWC 2019 showcased 5G again, but pragmatism has replaced hype

Roberto Kompany Senior Analyst, Research

"Many annoucements about deals and acquisitions in the 5G space were made at MWC 2019, but network deployment costs and virtualisation remain high priorities for vendors and operators."

5G was a key topic of discussion at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, as expected. Vendors of various different products, from chipsets to infrastructure, are all still looking to 5G to provide the next big opportunity. However, in contrast to MWC in previous years, most mobile network operators (MNOs) (apart from perhaps those in the USA and some advanced Asian markets) were more pragmatic in their announcements.