The Race to 5G

5G will soon become widely available, as first movers have already launched commercial 5G networks. In addition, operators have already launched business models consistent with Arthur D. Little’s five 5G deployment models, which were anticipated in 2017. Operators’ current efforts indicate that “gigabit broadband to the home”, “future corporate networks”, and “digital industrial ecosystems” have been the biggest drivers for accelerated 5G deployment thus far. We expect the next-gen mobile user experience driven by 5G to accelerate towards the second half of 2019.

During the 2019 Mobile World Congress, there was again a strong focus on 5G, with numerous announcements regarding individual operators’ pilots, partnerships and devices. However, there has been little transparency on individual countries’ actual 5G advancements. To address this, ADL developed its Global 5G Leadership Index to identify the leading 5G nations across two dimensions – infrastructure and level of commercialization.

Below is some related thought leadership.


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