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TECH BUYER Mar 2019 - IDC Perspective - Doc # EMEA44902819

MWC19: 5G on the Cusp of Commercialization

By: John DelaneyAssociate Vice President, European Mobility

Table of Contents

Executive Snapshot

Figure: Executive Snapshot: 5G at MWC19

Situation Overview

The Biggest Congress Yet, but Don't Call It "Congress" Anymore

5G was the Star of the Show

Figure: Mobile World Congress 2017 set out an ambitious timeline for 5G development, which has largely been achieved.

Advice for the Technology Buyer

The Transformative Potential of 5G

Cellular Technology is Increasingly Applied to Enterprise Networks

The "IT-ification" of Mobile: The 5G Core and SDN/NFV Enable an Expanded Role for Mobile Networks

The Here and Now of 5G: Like 4G, Only faster

Figure: 5G marketing campaigns must avoid denigrating 4G.

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