MNO and vendor strategies for deploying the cloud-native 5G core

20 April 2020 | Research

Caroline Gabriel

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (7 slides) | Cloud Infrastructure Strategies| Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"Immature cloud-native core solutions will prevent some MNOs from achieving their 5G goals before 2023."

The cloud-native core is fundamental to many of the technical and commercial goals that mobile network operators (MNOs) have set for 5G, but it is unlikely to be fully proven and deployable at scale for several years. MNOs and vendors can bridge the gap between first generation and ‘true’ 5G by preparing key steps to migration now, and by identifying use cases where a limited deployment can still generate significant short-term return on investment.

This report provides:

  • an analysis of the current state of MNO thinking about 5G cloud-native core migration, including key drivers and barriers, based on a recent survey of 78 established and alternative MNOs
  • information that MNOs can use to benchmark their own plans and progress against
  • valuable insights that vendors can use when formulating their customer strategies
  • practical recommendations about how MNOs and vendors can work together to reduce the risk of migration to the 5G core.


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Caroline Gabriel

Research Director, expert in TMT network strategies