Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Forecast, 2019–2023

Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Forecast, 2019–2023

This IDC study provides the forecast for the 5G network infrastructure market for 2019–2023."While Release 15 paved the way for initial commercial 5G launches, Release 16 (1H20) and beyond will be what unlocks 5G's full potential including expanded feature sets such as fixed-mobile convergence at the core domain, URLLC, industrial IoT, and 5G NR in unlicensed bands. Other timing issues, including spectrum auctions, particularly in the midbands, will also limit capex through the forecast period. In addition, for carriers to realize the full potential of their investments in the new SA 5G core, the industry vertical ecosystem will also need to come online, including chipset, device, endpoint/sensor, and modem/module providers, which will take several years and look very different across specific regions," says Patrick Filkins, senior research analyst, IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure.

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IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Necessity to Unlock TCO Gains Across the Mobile Network
The Need to Enhance Network Performance and Reposition as a Viable Partner to Industry Verticals
Siting and Zoning Regulations Could Lengthen Time to Market in Certain Regions
Geopolitical Spillover Likely to Impede 5G Rollout in Select Regions
Spectrum Availability Challenges
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
NG 5G Core
Routing Backhaul
Optical Backhaul
Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure
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