Network convergence: Are we there yet?

Sponsored by CommScope

5G offers network speeds that were only previously available with fixed-line broadband speeds. But beyond network speeds, 5G also allows techniques like network slicing to drive new use cases and revenue streams for operators.

However, to enjoy the 5G benefits, operators need to build their networks. Supporting separate fixed line and mobile network environments is an expensive proposition and convergence offers a way forward. A converged network also makes economic sense in dense urban environments where real estate is costly.

Another driver is digital transformation. Workloads on both fixed and mobile networks are soaring as companies and consumers embrace a connected environment.

Advanced solutions for smart cities that rely on IoT devices and sensors are also driving operators to relook at their network design.

This report will look at the changing convergence landscape, key trends that will shape its growth and the challenges that it still needs to overcome.

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Commentary

5G and data center-friendly network architectures

Matt Walker / MTN Consulting

Webscale and transmission network operators' interests are aligning as the 5G era dawns

Matt Walker / MTN Consulting

Webscale and transmission network operators' interests are aligning as the 5G era dawns

Rémy Pascal / Analysys Mason

The launch of 5G by South Korean operators serves as a first benchmark for other operators around the world