5G SA deployments in H1 2020: Spirent

Spirent expects a slate of 5G SA deployments by operators in the first half of 2020 based on testing timetables as per Spirent 5G outlook report released recently.

5G Standalone coming earlier than expected as there is a rush to move past Non-Standalone (NSA) to Standalone (SA) rollouts in an effort to capture revenues in industries like manufacturing, automotive, mobile gaming, manufacturing and beyond.

“2019 brought worldwide 5G Non-Standalone deployments but meaningful revenues were elusive as operators struggled to break out with market-defining services that could ignite consumer enthusiasm,” said Spirent head of 5G, Steve Douglas.

“Spirent’s report goes behind the scenes of our 5G testing engagements to explore what went as planned, where there were stumbles and why the outlook is brightest as stakeholders evolve strategies to capitalize on emerging opportunities, especially in the enterprise,” added Douglas.

Spirent expects mobile gaming to be among the earliest consumer use case to capitalize on customized 5G performance boosts.

Some of 5G’s biggest advancements are happening underground. It is ultimately transport networks that will support the data deluge 5G is expected to attract. Significant investment is going toward assuring these networks won’t collapse under heavy demand, with expansive testing efforts underway right now.

Spirent Communications has released its inaugural 5G outlook report, based on analysis and takeaways from hundreds of global 5G engagements.

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