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Juniper Research: The Top 5 'Most Promising' 5G Operators Revealed by Juniper Research


A new study from Juniper
has found that with the first 5G networks launching in
2019, total connections will scale rapidly to 1.5 billion by 2025, with
initial growth driven by fixed wireless access to replace or complement
current broadband connectivity.

The new study, 5G
Market Strategies: Consumer & Enterprise Opportunities & Forecasts
, found that operators in Japan and South Korea have
established themselves as clear leaders in the development of 5G. The
research forecast that 43% of global 5G connections will be located in
these 2 countries in 2019.

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Far East Operators Lead US & Chinese Operators

Juniper analysed over 50 leading global operators, based on criteria
including the results of 5G testing and trials, the extent and range of
partnerships in the 5G ecosystem and the level of technology innovation.
The top 5 operators leading Juniper's 5G Operator Positioning Index


2. SK Telecom

3. LG U+

4. KT Telecom

5. Softbank

Leading operators including AT&T and China Mobile closely followed the
top 5 players in the Positioning Index.

220 Million 5G Broadband Connections by 2025

The research also forecast that 5G broadband will be amongst the first
services to launch over 5G. Its suitability as a last mile solution will
drive adoption to over 220 million connections by 2025. However, the
challenge for operators will be to demonstrate tangible benefits, to
enterprises and consumers, over existing fibre-based solutions.

Research author Sam Barker noted, "Operators must carefully consider
pricing strategies for 5G broadband. Pricing must address both the
anticipated large traffic generated, whilst remaining price competitive
against incumbent broadband suppliers".

However, the research cautioned that operators faced significant
challenges both to deploy and most effectively configure 5G networks. It
claimed that the need to deploy dense small cell networks, operators
would need far greater access to sites to upgrade and share equipment.
Furthermore, it urged operators to invest in virtualised networks to
enable both more efficient traffic management and improve security in
the network perimeter.

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and industry commentary.

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