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Service Providers

China Mobile’s partnership with new entrant CBN will shape China’s 5G market

By Ramona Zhao 01 Jun 2020

The partnership strategy of China Broadcasting Network (CBN, China’s new entrant and the fourth mobile operator), as well as the distribution of 700MHz spectrum, was finally settled in May. Omdia expects that the new partnership between China Mobile and CBN will drive the development of 5G in China and create good opportunities for vendors, but Omdia also notes some uncertainties.

Service Providers

5G Deployments: Progress so Far, Implementation Strategies, and Technical Challenges

By Julian Bright 29 May 2020

The momentum created by early 5G deployments had been expected to continue with the introduction of standalone (SA) 5G networks, opening up new use cases, particularly for enterprise and industry 4.0. The unexpected interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has instead put a brake on these activities for many operators. However, operators can use this time to fine-tune their networks, re-evaluate their strategies and forward plan in readiness for the return to full 5G commercial rollout.

Service Providers

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Technology Forecast: 2017–25

By Stephanie Gibbons 26 May 2020

The market for global NFV technology is projected to hit $45 billion in 2025, due to 5G commercialization and the need for network agility, lower costs, and new service delivery at the edge.

Consumer Electronics

iPhone 11 surpasses iPhone XR to become world’s most-popular smartphone model in Q1

By Jusy Hong 26 May 2020

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Plus 5G leads among 5G smartphones.

Service Providers

Service providers look to asset monetization and shared networks to accelerate 5G rollouts

By Cindy Whelan 30 Apr 2020

To move 5G from concept to reality, service providers are working feverishly to upgrade their networks.

Service Providers

5G Forecasts by Spectrum: 2019–24

By Julian Bright 29 Apr 2020

The 5G Forecasts by Spectrum: 2018–24 provides details of global 5G spectrum band adoption for each spectrum band by country.

Service Providers

5G Consumer Broadband Pricing Tracker: 1Q20

By Nicole McCormick 27 Apr 2020

In 1Q20, Japanese MNOs (KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, and Softbank Mobile) turned on 5G, pricing it as traditional data tiers (although no unlimited data). In addition, KDDI and Softbank delayed charging 5G access fees for two years. In Canada, Rogers also delayed the start of its 5G access fee until March 2021.

Consumer Electronics

Handset ODM Industry White Paper

By Robin Li 24 Apr 2020

Smartphone ODM market continues to grow, duopoly Wingtech and Huaqin accelerate diversified layout.

Service Providers

COVID-19 will push 5G onto the back burner

By Julian Bright 09 Apr 2020

Modern communication networks provide a lifeline that in a time of crisis can help to deliver critical services, sustain commercial activity, and allow human interaction to continue. Longer term, 5G promises to extend networks’ role deeper into the social and economic fabric, with significant associated benefits.

Service Providers

COVID-19 will push 5G onto the back burner

By Julian Bright 08 Apr 2020

Modern communication networks provide a lifeline that in a time of crisis can help to deliver critical services, sustain commercial activity, and allow human interaction to continue. Longer term, 5G promises to extend their role deeper into the social and economic fabric with major associated benefits. However, this early in the technology lifecycle 5G looks more like something of a luxury when set against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.