The Rapid migration or future flexibility: conflicting priorities for 5G non-standalone deployments
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"Taking 5G deployment short-cuts now can severely reduce the return on investment in the medium term."
Mobile operators and their suppliers need to plan multiple phases of 5G deployment, and LTE coexistence is a key factor in optimising cost and performance. The simplest way to support 5G/LTE integration in the first phase brings upfront cost advantages, but restricts the operator’s ability to migrate smoothly to future 5G platforms or multi-vendor networks, and has a potential significant negative impact on the overall return on investment.
This report provides:
- a detailed overview of the deployment options for operators, including dual connectivity and dynamic spectrum sharing
- analysis of how vendors can best support operators’ objectives for their multi-phase 5G deployments
concrete recommendations for how operators and vendors can improve the return on investment in the
- 5G access network over the medium term, by investing upfront in advanced technologies and open systems
- a detailed update of the latest technical developments in this area and how they will affect operators’ migration choices and commercial potential
- an assessment of the solutions available, and emerging approaches such as open RAN.