Abstract This report was requested by Ericsson and Qualcomm and has been developed in collaboration with the 5G policy and technology teams at Ericsson and Qualcomm. The report is based on a study conducted by Analysys Mason for Ericsson and Qualcomm on costs and benefits of full 5G deployment in Europe.
The aim of the report is to provide a detailed analysis of the costs and benefits of ‘full 5G’ deployments in the UK. The analysis focused on a series of possible use cases for 5G, beyond the initial enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services for consumers that many mobile network operators (MNOs) have launched to date on top of 4G networks.
This summary report describes the results of the study for the UK. A full 5G deployment is envisaged to use the latest 5G specifications to drive fundamental changes in the way that mobile networks are built, using a 5G standalone architecture with network automation, virtualisation and tailoring of services via network slicing to match the functionality required by different industries (or verticals).
In this report, we set out to answer the following questions:
- Which uses and use cases of full 5G deployment might be the most relevant from a UK market perspective, taking account of policy priorities and the industries that might benefit most from 5G capabilities around low latency, high reliability and massive machine-type connections?
- What are the social, environmental and economic benefits of extending 5G networks to deliver new uses and use cases, and what are the 5G network deployment costs to deliver these benefits?
- Is there an opportunity for UK policy to shape future full 5G deployment and what are the key priorities for future 5G policy?
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