5G mmWave: medium-term ROI strategies for operators

25 May 2023 | Research

James Kirby

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (9 slides) | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"By leveraging multiple applications, some MNOs can improve the overall business case for an early investor strategy in mmWave."


Operators’ use of 5G mmWave spectrum faces inherent challenges in terms of propagation and ROI. However, by prioritising verticals that maximise its medium-term viability, some mobile network operators (MNOs) can justify a first-mover investment strategy.

Information included in this report

  • A review of the advantages and challenges associated with mmWave adoption in mobile networks
  • An evaluation of mmWave suitability to three core applications; public mobile netoworks, fixed-wireless access (FWA) and private networks
  • A prioritised application roadmap for those MNOs that want to maximise the medium-term business case for mmWave investment.


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