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There is growing industry consensus that the enterprise segment offers the biggest incremental revenue opportunity for operators in the 5G era – $700bn by 2030 (Ericsson).

With 5G network rolling out, the leading operators have started to deploy the enterprise use cases on live networks and are benefiting from unique characteristics such as fast mobile broadband, ultra-reliable network and network slicing.  The following case studies will demonstrate what the use cases are and how operators deploy the services on the 5G network.

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Telstra and Ericsson collaborate on edge cloud for enterprises

Australian operator, Telstra and Ericsson will collaborate to develop an edge cloud solution for enterprise use cases. It will be delivered within months and strengthen Telstra’s ability to serve enterprise customer needs in the 5G era, with network services offered either ...

APAC leaders discuss 5G as South Korea reports numbers boost

Last week, representatives from APAC’s mobile ecosystem convened at the GSMA’s second APAC 5G Leaders’ CxO Summit. The event, supported by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, saw focused discussions on policy, industry and commercial opportunities and ...

France completes delayed mid-band 5G auction

After 17 rounds of competitive bidding spread across just three days, France has completed its long-awaited auction of 3.4–3.8 GHz spectrum. Each mobile operator committed to acquiring 50 MHz prior to the start of the process, with a further 11 spectrum lots put up for sale. ...

Telefónica and Rakuten partner to accelerate Open RAN

Telefónica and Rakuten have announced a partnership to accelerate the development of Open RAN technology for 5G access and core networks, and the associated operations support systems (OSS). They will jointly test, develop and procure Open RAN systems. They will also develop ...

Operators embrace network virtualisation

Telefónica Germany / O2 is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Ericsson to virtualise its 5G core network, leveraging AWS for cloud infrastructure and relying on Ericsson for 5G core and orchestration components. The operator is starting to implement 5G network ...

5G chipsets and devices develop at pace

Qualcomm has announced plans to add 5G compatibility to its budget Snapdragon 4 series chipsets in 2021. While it has already enabled 5G support on an expanded list of chipsets, this latest development will bring the network standard to the cheapest range of smartphones yet. ...

Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom cross-border trial validates federated Telco Edge Cloud for differentiated XR gaming

It is well established that edge computing is opening up new use cases that are computing and data-intensive, latency-sensitive and that may also require data residency, security and resilience. As Edge becomes a commercial reality, with more players competing in the space, ...

EU regulations set to accelerate deployment of 5G small cell antennas

The EU has adopted regulations to accelerate 5G network installations by simplifying the deployment of small cell antennas that provide the last mile for 5G networks. The regulation defines the physical and technical characteristics of small cells, setting strict limits on ...

Guidance Out Now on 5G’s Standalone Option 2 Configuration

Since 2018, the mobile industry has witnessed the adoption of 5G for broadband use cases, namely Fixed Wireless Access and enhanced Mobile Broadband using non-standalone (NSA) configuration Option 3. While there are more 5G use cases such as Massive Internet of Things (mIoT) ...

Nokia joins Open RAN Policy Coalition

Nokia has become the first of the world’s three largest telecoms equipment vendors to join a new open RAN lobby group. Launched in early May with more than 30 members from across the ecosystem, the Open RAN Policy Coalition aims to influence and promote government policies ...

Verizon chief details 5G MEC, network expansions

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg (pictured) revealed the operator plans to expand a 5G mobile edge compute (MEC) initiative launched with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2019 to a total of ten cities this year, to make the technology more widely available to developers. During an ...

GSMA Future Networks: 5G Ecosystem Directory

The Future Networks team continue to work towards expanding the 5G Operator Platform ecosystem, and we are compiling a collaborative list of stakeholders who are filling various roles to support the 5G Era. The 5G Operator Platform Ecosystem Directory will list companies by ...

Ensuring positive outcomes from 5G rural rollout: KDDI & SoftBank

KDDI and SoftBank have established a joint venture to build out 5G technology in rural areas. The agreement will include the ‘mutual use’ of existing base stations and management of new sites, which will accelerate deployments in rural Japan. This follows a recent ...

Open RAN trials gaining traction

Telefónica has partnered with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx to assist in the development and deployment of open RAN solutions. This follows an announcement from the operator that it would also be conducting 4G and 5G Open RAN trials in key ...

Lufthansa pilots standalone 5G networks in aircraft maintenance industry

Lufthansa Technik is working with Vodafone and Nokia to test its own private 5G networks on two separate projects. One enables clients to remotely join the airline’s engineers in real-time inspections of engine parts; the other project applies live AR/VR to overlay ...

Operators & GSMA join forces on edge computing push

A group of leading operators, backed by the GSMA, teamed to develop an interoperable platform for edge computing, with the goal of making the solutions more accessible to end users and enterprises. In a statement, the GSMA said it would support a partnership between ...

2019 saw 5G become a commercial reality – 2020 will take it to the mass market

2019 was without question the year of 5G, as the industry took it from the conceptual phase of standardisation of 2018, to worldwide consumer launches. This is primarily due to the successful collaborative efforts made by the industry to identify common challenges, share ...

Verizon adds VR to its media portfolio with Jaunt XR deal

Verizon has acquired the AR and VR technology assets of Jaunt XR, a start-up that has raised over $100 million since 2013. The deal bolsters Verizon’s capabilities in AR/VR, adding to its RYOT portfolio which is building immersive entertainment content for the operator’s 5G ...

GSMA Future Networks 5G Global Launch Update: Revenue generated to hit $4.2 billion by next year (Gartner)

GSMA Future Networks 5G Global Launch Update: Revenue generated to hit $4.2 billion by next year (Gartner) 5G’s development has continued apace over August, with new evidence of clear progress towards mainstream availability in both the shorter and longer term. By the start ...

5G Roaming is now a commercial reality

2019 has been widely referred to as ‘the year of 5G’, and it’s increasingly easy to see why. Following the first commercial launches in the US and South Korea (nationwide rollout by all three operators concurrently across all key cities and towns) on the 3rd of April this ...