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Next-Generation Wireless Networks

In anticipation of the first 5G deployments in 2019, mobile networks are evolving to support a widening array of features, including enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT and ultra-low-latency applications.

Analysys Mason's Next-Generation Wireless Networks research programme researches the network technologies that will enhance mobile networks, including LTE-A, cloud-RAN, virtualised-RAN, multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), and multi-access edge computing (MEC) needed to delivery services such as AR/VR and virtual 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.

Key Themes

  • 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 importance of fronthaul open standards, such as OpenRAN (old xRAN) to drive a smarter, cost-effective RAN architecture and to deliver multi-vendor solutions.
  • The efforts being made to produce 5G standards provide an early view of how and when 5G will be deployed – fixed–wireless access (FWA) and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) will be the early use cases as operators develop 5G business cases.
  • Pre-5G standards research and development activity may lead to non-standard 5G solutions.

Programme Head Roberto Kompany

Roberto Kompany Senior Analyst | Research