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It's launch year for 5G, but the B2B use cases that drove the hype are missing.


  • The speed-up of the 5G standardization has left the B2B world behind – and it was the B2B use cases that were meant to power 5G.
  • We forecast a major pulse of 5G RAN investment starting in 2019–20, but the core network picture is less clear.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the missing 5G B2B story.
  • Compares capex forecasts for RAN and core.

Key questions answered

  • What apps to support the 5G plans are missing?
  • Are we spending enough on the core network and orchestration/virtualization to support 5G?
  • Do smaller companies want 5G?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The key drivers of 5G adoption are B2B, but where are they?
  • Speedy standardization: Skipping stops?
  • Crucial investment decisions will be needed now for 2020–22
  • B2B is central to the 5G growth story. Don't neglect it


  • Further reading
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