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Assessing 5G Mobile Technology for Organizations


Service provider hype and limited specifics obscure the benefits such as data throughput, low latency and network service slices that 5G promises organizations. This technology assessment helps I&O technical professionals prepare for 5G and leverage it for initiatives such as IoT, SD-WAN and cloud.

Published: 05 February 2020

ID: G00451089

Analyst(s): Mohini Dukes

Table Of Contents


  • Relevance of 5G to Organizations
    • 5G Spectrum Diversity
    • Visualizing the 5G Technology Stack
    • Understanding the 5G Service Provider Ecosystem
  • Current Status of 5G
    • 5G Specifications Release Train
    • Distinguishing 5G Myths From Reality
    • Coexistence of 5G and LTE Deployments
  • Use Cases
    • Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)
    • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
    • Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC)
    • Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications (URLLC)
  • Diving Into 5G Network Technologies
    • 5G Mobile Network Architecture Underlay
    • 5G Network Software Disaggregation
    • Overlaying 5G Network Services
  • What to Do to Enable 5G Connectivity?
    • SD-WAN Connectivity
    • Colocation and Interconnectivity Providers
    • Security
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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