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Market Guide for 5G New Radio Infrastructure

Published: 16 December 2019

ID: G00405734

Analyst(s): Sylvain Fabre, Kosei Takiishi, Peter Liu


As communications service providers move forward with 5G commercialization, New Radio infrastructure investment is prioritized and crucial for 5G rollout success. We analyze the market direction and the product strategies of equipment vendors to help guide product managers in CSPs.

Table Of Contents

Market Definition

  • Market Description

Market Direction

  • Sub-6GHz Will Become Mainstream While mmWave Spectrum Will Continue to Struggle
  • 4G and 5G Will Coexist for a Long Time Even When SA Is Available
    • Massive MIMO Selection and Site Deployment Are the Key Concerns of CSPs
    • Uplink Coverage Enhancement Mechanism
    • Spectrum Sharing and Aggregation
    • Site Deployment
  • Open RAN Architecture Has Potential to Disrupt 5G Landscape but Is Yet to Be Proven
  • Other Trends
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • In-Building 5G Coverage

Market Analysis

  • 5G Rollout Will Accelerate Through 2020

Representative Vendors

  • Vendor Background Influences Approach and Positioning
    • Cisco
    • Ericsson
    • FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies
    • Fujitsu
    • Huawei
    • Mavenir
    • NEC
    • Nokia
    • Samsung
    • ZTE

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