MWC19: 5G on the Cusp of Commercialization

MWC19: 5G on the Cusp of Commercialization

This IDC Perspective summarizes our impressions on the state of 5G and our view of its commercial prospects over the coming years, given its prominence during the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC19), held on February 25 to 28, 2019. "Two years ago, the mobile industry set for itself an ambitious timeline for standardizing and commercializing 5G in 2019. To a large extent, deadlines have been met, which is a remarkable achievement. MWC19 served as the showcase for 5G in the year in which it is becoming a commercial reality," said John Delaney, associate VP for mobility, IDC.

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Executive Snapshot
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