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Market Trends: Bimodal RAN Adoption of Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum Enables CSP Network Expansion

Published: 28 September 2017

ID: G00320909

Analyst(s): Kosei Takiishi , Peter Liu , Ian Keene


Network-based communications service providers are adopting unlicensed spectrum technologies and their radio frequency utilization must be diversified. Gartner advises technology strategic planners in CSPs on how to prepare and refine radio frequency strategy to optimize their radio access network.

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Market Trend

  • Unconditional Devotion to Licensed Spectrum Technologies Cannot Help Network-Based CSPs Improve Their Position
    • The Line Between Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum Technologies Is Blurred
    • Earlier Time-to-Market and Best-Effort Communication Are Still Main Differentiators for Unlicensed Spectrum Technologies
    • Bimodal RAN Adoption of Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum Can Satisfy Different Requirements Optimally
    • Emerging Radio Access Technologies Are Targeting to Use Both Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrums

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