In anticipation of the launch of 5G standards in 2020, mobile networks are evolving to support a widening array of features, including enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT and low-latency applications.
Analysys Mason's Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme researches the network technologies that will enhance mobile networks, including LTE-A, cloud-RAN, virtualised-RAN, multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), and virtualised mobile edge and core solutions.
The programme also provides insights into the ongoing standards and technology developments, and how these will affect the use cases for mobile networks and 5G. The role of spectrum availability, harmonisation and application to meet advanced 4G and new 5G requirements is also highlighted.
- LTE-A is becoming a gigabit mobile service and will be known as LTE-A Pro.
- MNOs are starting to virtualise their networks and are benefiting from C-RAN's expanded deployment options.
- The 5G standards activities provide an early look at how and when 5G will be deployed – the Internet of Things (IoT) and indoor coverage will be the early use cases.
- Pre-5G standards research and development activity may lead to non-standard 5G solutions.