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5G: Review of 5G technology readiness and commercialization

5G: Review of 5G technology readiness and commercialization

Summary

While pre-5G, pre-standards deployments have defined the 5G era thus far, significant hardening of standards related to both radio and core innovations took place in 2018. Building a 5G core will be crucial to enabling 5G-related features such as network slicing, but the Service-Based Architecture (SBA) represents a radical change in network design. The reference architecture for SBA is well-defined but the transition will be rocky.

In the radio access network (RAN), the 3GPP, which defines cellular technologies and drives the process of implementing and updating standards, approved the first 5G radio standard, NR (“New Radio”). The new standard paves the way for deployment of true 5G radio equipment beginning later in 2018. Late 2018 will see the first early deployments of standards-based mobile 5G, led by operators in Korea, Japan and the U.S.

The key to being able to adopt 5G-related features such as network slicing requires adoption of the Service-Based Architecture (SBA) for the 5G core. SBA represents a radical change in network design. The reference architecture for SBA is well-defined but the transition will be rocky. As a result, vendors are working with operators to enable a smooth transition to SBA-based 5G core.

Exponential increase in network complexity created by 5G will introduce massive complexity into operator networks. Operators will require a software-defined, integrated, end-to-end approach to network and service orchestration that can separate data plane and control plane requirements and integrate multiple IP and optical transport domains in addition to OSS, business support and cloud infrastructure components.

5G: Review of 5G technology readiness and commercialization, is a Global Outlook Report that gives an overview of the emerging 5G standard and the main market requirement trends worldwide with a competitive insight to players driving 5G deployment. Paving the way for deployment of 5G equipment beginning later in 2018, led by operators in Korea, Japan and the U.S., significant hardening of standards related to both radio and core innovations has taken place recently.

Scope

  • The 5G Radio Access Network: Newly developed 5G RAN standards with insights to market requirement behind 5G RAN deployment and explanation to available and emerging 5G RAN technologies. Inclusive of competitive study of incumbent as well as relatively new players or challengers operating in this segment.
  • The 5G Core: Review of newly developed 5G core standards with insights to market requirement behind 5G core deployment and explanation to available and emerging 5G core technologies. It also provides competitive study of incumbent as well as relatively new players or challengers operating in this segment which is further sub-segmented into IP services infrastructure and evolved packet core.
  • The 5G Transport Network: Importance of a programmable IP and optical transport network in order to achieve 5G's potential in terms of latency, reliability, and cost effectiveness.
  • Key Recommendations: Key findings and critical considerations and recommendations for operators and vendors in 5G market.
Reasons to buy
  • This report provides a global view of emerging standards for deploying 5G RAN as well as core network and trends in terms of market requirements, as well as competitive study of vendors/operators supporting 5G network deployment.
  • This analysis is useful for telecom executives to evaluate their position vis-à-vis the major growth opportunities in 5G and make informed decisions about partner identification, strategic investments, value proposition and growth strategies to rapidly grow their 5G networks.


Executive summary
Technology: The 5G Radio Access Network
5G RAN Standards
5G RAN Market Requirements
5G RAN Technologies
5G RAN Competitive Landscape
Technology: The 5G Core
Key Technologies and Capabilities for Evolution to 5G
5G Core Standards
5G Core Market Requirements
5G Core Competitive Landscape
Technology: The 5G Transport Network
5G Transport Standards
5G Market Requirements
5G Transport Competitive Landscape
Key Recommendations
Appendix
Acronyms and definitions
Companies mentioned
Related research
About GlobalData
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List of Figures
Exhibit 1: 5G Radio Standards Timeline 8
Exhibit 2: 5G Market Requirements 9
Exhibit 3: 5G Licensed Spectrum 10
Exhibit 4: Cloud RAN Architectures 11
Exhibit 5: Huawei 5G Presentation 12
Exhibit 6: Massive MIMO Products 13
Exhibit 7: Samsung 5G FWA Demo 14
Exhibit 8: Service-Based Architecture 16
Exhibit 9: 5G Core Flexibility Attributes 17
Exhibit 10: Smooth Evolution To One Converged Core Network 18
Exhibit 11: Telco DevOps 19
Exhibit 12: Huawei 5g Architecture Vision 20
Exhibit 13: Nokia Cloud Native Core 21
Exhibit 14: Ericsson Mobile Core Vision 22
Exhibit 15: ZTE Common Mobile Core 23
Exhibit 17: Affirmed Cloud-native Mobile Core 25
Exhibit 15: CORD as New Network Edge Platform 25
Exhibit 16: Netcracker vEPC 26
Exhibit 17: ITU-T Transport Reference Network 28
Exhibit 18: ITU-T 5G Transport Latency Requirements 29
Exhibit 19: Ericsson 5G Dense Urban Rooftop Install 30
Exhibit 20: Nokia 5G Anyhaul Solution 31
Exhibit 21: Fujitsu 5G Transport Proposition 32

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