Positioning 5G: Telco Case Studies - Eighteen profiles of leading mobile data operators worldwide as they prepare for 5G


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Positioning 5G: Telco Case Studies - Eighteen profiles of leading mobile data operators worldwide as they prepare for 5G

Summary

"Positioning 5G: Telco Case Studies", a thematic research report by GlobalData, delves into 5G technology and applications as applicable to 18 major telecoms service providers around the world. It examines their strategic motivations and network milestones, with specific focus on South Korea, Japan, the US, China and Europe. 5G will, for the first time, go beyond increased bandwidth and capacity, as was the focus of previous wireless generations, adding low latency, high density and high reliability.

Data and insights for this report were derived through a mix of desk-based secondary research and qualitative primary research. Primary research involves in-depth interviews with market players, and the secondary research effort includes obtaining relevant data and intelligence through publicly available sources, regulatory authority publications, trade associations, specialist databases and company financial reports, presentations and press releases.

The report is structured as follows -
- Operator Case Studies: This section begins with an overview and compiles profiles of eighteen of the worlds mobile operators that are more advanced in mobile data. They include four operators in the US, nine in Asia Pacific, four in Europe, and one in the Middle East. The profiles provide a broad overview of network milestones encompassing both developments in 4G and announced plans for 5G, and examine the motivations and opportunities for different operators en route to 5G.
- Key findings and recommendations: We conclude the report with a summary of the opportunities, challenges and success factors in deploying 5G, as well as recommendations, for network operators and vendors.

Scope

- 5G goes beyond previous wireless generations, with additional capabilities beyond increased bandwidths and capacities, resulting in new opportunities but also additional challenges in complexity.
- 5G is gaining momentum, given that standardization timelines have been brought forward. As a result, in Japan, South Korea and USA all the major operators are planning to launch IMT 2020 based services during 2019. Important events such as Olympics are an additional driver in a number of countries.
- The 28GHz frequency band is enjoying the most initial focus, and will support early services in South Korea and US, although it is not available in all regions. The 3.5GHz frequency band has, by some way, the broadest support across key regions including US, where it is to become available as shared spectrum. Many other high frequency bands are also being considered, notably 2.5GHz, 4GHz and 39GHz; these will be complemented by low frequency bands also, including 600MHz, 700MHz and 1.3GHz.
- The 5G business case for operators depends very much on small cell deployment and the associated availability of high capacity backhaul.

Reasons to buy

- This report provides a global view of the network milestones and envisaged opportunities in deploying 5G and growth trends for eighteen of the worlds most advanced providers of mobile telephony.
- This analysis is useful for telecom executives to evaluate their position vis--vis the major growth opportunities in 5G and make informed decisions about strategic investments, value proposition and growth strategies to rapidly grow their 5G networks.
- The report provides valuable insights about variety of approaches operators are taking with the evolution of the 5G family of technologies.
- The report allows comparison of network readiness and 5G roll out progression among operators in different countries.

Table of Contents
Table of contents 3
List of exhibits 4
Executive summary 6
Section 1: Operator Case Studies
Overview of Operator Case Studies 8
AT&T 9
Verizon 11
T-Mobile USA 13
Sprint 14
EE 15
Deutsche Telekom 16
Vodafone 17
Orange 19
Etisalat 21
KT 23
SK Telecom 26
LGU+ 28
China Mobile 29
China Unicom 31
China Telecom 32
NTT DoCoMo 33
KDDI 35
Softbank 36
Section 2: Key Findings and Recommendations
Key Findings 38
Recommendations 39
Appendix 40
Acronyms and definitions 41
Companies mentioned 42
About the authors 43
Contact information 44

List of Tables
Exhibit 1: 5G as a proportion of total mobile subscriptions 6
Exhibit 2: LTE penetration of mobile subscriptions by operator, YE 2016 8
Exhibit 3: AT&T LTE penetration and network milestones 9
Exhibit 4: AT&Ts network virtualization schedule 10
Exhibit 5: Verizon LTE penetration and network milestones 11
Exhibit 6: Verizon key 5G partnerships and alliances 12
Exhibit 7: T-Mobile US subscription share, 2012-16 13
Exhibit 8: Population-weighted spectrum holdings by operator, February 2017 14
Exhibit 9: Sprint Magicbox small cell innovation 14
Exhibit 10: BT/EE microwave future backhaul options 15
Exhibit 11: Mobile Edge Computing shortens reaction times for autonomous driving applications 16
Exhibit 12: Vodafone small cell road sign 17
Exhibit 13: Enterprise portfolio is one of the first use cases for Vodafone Ocean 18
Exhibit 14: Orange LTE coverage in Europe, YE 2016 19
Exhibit 15: Orange 5G service vision 20
Exhibit 16: Etisalat cloud factory concept 21
Exhibit 17: Etisalat virtualization business case by network component 22
Exhibit 18: KT LTE penetration and network milestones 23
Exhibit 19: KT partnerships for faster 5G development and standardization 24
Exhibit 20: KT Gigatopia vision 24
Exhibit 21: KT network evolution to 5G 25
Exhibit 22: SK Telecom LTE penetration and network milestones 26
Exhibit 23: SK Telecom R&D partnerships across various 5G segments 27
Exhibit 24: LGU+ video portal and unlimited subscription penetration 28
Exhibit 25: China Mobile LTE penetration and network milestones 29
Exhibit 26: China Mobile key 5G partnerships and alliances 30
Exhibit 27: Partnering with China Telecom to accelerate LTE deployment and lower costs 31
Exhibit 28: China Telecom Future Network Architecture 32
Exhibit 29: NTT DOCOMO LTE penetration and network milestones 33
Exhibit 30: NTT DOCOMO 5G trial site partners 34
Exhibit 31: NTT DOCOMO LTE, 5G and 5G+ deployment 34
Exhibit 32: KDDI view of advanced heterogeneous networks 35
Exhibit 33: Softbank massive MIMO base stations 36
Exhibit 34: Softbank strategic investments 37

List of Figures
Exhibit 1: 5G as a proportion of total mobile subscriptions 6
Exhibit 2: LTE penetration of mobile subscriptions by operator, YE 2016 8
Exhibit 3: AT&T LTE penetration and network milestones 9
Exhibit 4: AT&Ts network virtualization schedule 10
Exhibit 5: Verizon LTE penetration and network milestones 11
Exhibit 6: Verizon key 5G partnerships and alliances 12
Exhibit 7: T-Mobile US subscription share, 2012-16 13
Exhibit 8: Population-weighted spectrum holdings by operator, February 2017 14
Exhibit 9: Sprint Magicbox small cell innovation 14
Exhibit 10: BT/EE microwave future backhaul options 15
Exhibit 11: Mobile Edge Computing shortens reaction times for autonomous driving applications 16
Exhibit 12: Vodafone small cell road sign 17
Exhibit 13: Enterprise portfolio is one of the first use cases for Vodafone Ocean 18
Exhibit 14: Orange LTE coverage in Europe, YE 2016 19
Exhibit 15: Orange 5G service vision 20
Exhibit 16: Etisalat cloud factory concept 21
Exhibit 17: Etisalat virtualization business case by network component 22
Exhibit 18: KT LTE penetration and network milestones 23
Exhibit 19: KT partnerships for faster 5G development and standardization 24
Exhibit 20: KT Gigatopia vision 24
Exhibit 21: KT network evolution to 5G 25
Exhibit 22: SK Telecom LTE penetration and network milestones 26
Exhibit 23: SK Telecom R&D partnerships across various 5G segments 27
Exhibit 24: LGU+ video portal and unlimited subscription penetration 28
Exhibit 25: China Mobile LTE penetration and network milestones 29
Exhibit 26: China Mobile key 5G partnerships and alliances 30
Exhibit 27: Partnering with China Telecom to accelerate LTE deployment and lower costs 31
Exhibit 28: China Telecom Future Network Architecture 32
Exhibit 29: NTT DOCOMO LTE penetration and network milestones 33
Exhibit 30: NTT DOCOMO 5G trial site partners 34
Exhibit 31: NTT DOCOMO LTE, 5G and 5G+ deployment 34
Exhibit 32: KDDI view of advanced heterogeneous networks 35
Exhibit 33: Softbank massive MIMO base stations 36
Exhibit 34: Softbank strategic investments 37

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