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This research note is the first of two published by Ovum covering major radio access network themes emerging from Mobile World Congress 2018.


  • While 5G radio technology is maturing quickly, the business case for how operators will make long-term money from 5G needs substantial development.
  • Open RAN and virtual RAN could pave the way for new market entrants.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain insight into some of the major MWC 2018 RAN announcements.
  • Learn how vendors are progressing when it comes to supporting early commercial 5G launches.

Key questions answered

  • Are operators comfortable with 5G business models?
  • How might open and virtual RAN impact the market?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Overall, vendors are showing a rapidly maturing 5G portfolio
  • Next step is making money from actual use cases
  • vRAN, X-RAN, ORAN make big base station noise


  • Further reading
  • Author