The impact of new applications on 5G RAN strategies

18 November 2021 | Research

Caroline Gabriel

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (43 slides) | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"In 5G, the key is not to reduce the variety of applications to the extent that operators narrow their range of opportunities, but to identify broad categories with common characteristics in terms of RAN requirements."


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For some operators, return on 5G investment will rely on offering services beyond mobile broadband, which will require advanced RAN capabilities. This report examines the 5G RAN strategies that will support the widest variety of new revenue opportunities and minimise the risk for operators.

Key questions answered in this report

  • Where are operators starting to deploy, or perceive demand for, new 5G services?
  • What RAN capabilities are the most important to support these services, and what RAN performance requirements do they have?
  • What are the challenges (including costs) related to supporting these performance requirements and a differentiated experience, especially with regard to ultra-low latency?
  • How can operators pursue new markets while mitigating the risks of making the wrong choices in an immature market?

Balance between the costs and challenges of supporting advanced 5G RAN services and the commercial opportunity from doing so



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