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This IDC Market Perspective examines the scope of upcoming 5G development in 2018, including an overview of the remaining technical issues to be resolved and a review of upcoming showcase events and mobile network operators launching commercial deployments in both fixed wireless and mobile broadband this year. It also examines some of the key actions mobile network operators should be considering as they scale up toward 5G network launches, whether they occur in 2018 or beyond.

"The speed, latency, and densification advantages of 5G will enable a wide range of innovative and transformative applications across nearly every industry eventually," said Jason Leigh, senior research analyst, Mobility. "But to realize revenue with near-term mass-market enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access deployments, mobile network operators should focus on managing expectations and crafting a narrative that reconciles the hype and potential of 5G with the value and realities of the consumer experience today."



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