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Network Transformation 2020

How operators are planning for the network of tomorrow



With the commercialisation of 5G and the introduction of mobile network innovations such as virtual RAN, edge networking and network automation, operator decisions on network transformation strategies are more important than ever. Such decision making is important to the operators themselves, their network infrastructure suppliers and the customers who will rely on the networks of tomorrow. Understanding mobile operator network transformation strategies is a critical foundation for understanding the shape of the mobile industry – today and tomorrow. Our survey of 100 operators from around the world provides a basis for that, divided into key themes to answer the critical questions facing the mobile ecosystem.

Part 1 – Executive summary: outlines the most important data points to understand for operator network transformation, and how GSMA Intelligence captured the information via its survey.

Part 2 – Network transformation priorities and spending: examines the most important, overarching, network transformation priorities for operators and how these are reflected in investment.

Part 3 – Network transformation technologies: considers how operator strategies are reflected in specific technology decisions, how they see the return on investment from various technologies, and the obstacles they face.

Part 4 – Network solution and vendor strategies: identifies how operators are looking to put network technologies and solutions in place, what they look for from vendors, and how likely they are to engage new vendors as well as those driving open source solutions.

Part 5 – 5G network strategies and concerns: analyses how 5G is impacting operator network investment and priorities, and what could potentially hold back 5G investment plans.


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