Next-Generation Wireless Networks

5G deployments are entering the second phase: mobile operators in countries that already have 5G services are expanding their networks to provide nationwide coverage, and are planning for new use cases beyond enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), such as massive IoT and ultra-low-latency applications.

Analysys Mason's Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme researches the operator network migrations that will enable these use cases. The underlying technologies (such as virtualised-RAN, massive MIMO antennas, edge computing and 5G cloud-native standalone (SA) core) will all play vital roles in the delivery of these services.

The programme also provides insights into the challenges and opportunities created by the market competition and ecosystem changes that have been brought about by the ongoing work done by initiatives such as O-RAN Alliance and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to create open and disaggregated networks.

Information about operators in other geographical regions that will continue to focus on 4G (and other legacy) networks to deliver economical solutions in emerging and rural markets is also included.

Key themes

  • Use cases beyond eMBB and the challenges that operators face when using such use cases to grow revenue.
  • The importance of open fronthaul standards (such as OpenRAN) in the development of smarter, cost-effective RAN architecture and the delivery of multi-vendor solutions.
  • The strategic importance of voice to operators’ businesses and the need for new technology implementations in order to win against OTT market disruptors.
  • MNOs’ ongoing network virtualisation journeys and the upcoming move to container-based network functions.
  • Operator spending in each network domain (such as RAN and packet core) in the next 5 years.
  • The challenges in deploying cost-effective networks in rural areas with a low population density.

Programme head James Kirby

James Kirby Senior Analyst