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    What is 5G?

    5G is the fifth generation of wireless network technology designed to support a growing number of users, an increasing number of devices and the rising quantity of data they will generate and share.

    It will support wide range of vertical industries needs – by connecting everyone and everything together including smart devices, sensors, and machines.

    5G network will drive innovation and has potential to transform the way we live, work and play.

    Comparing 4G and 5G

    Specifications4G5G
    Peak Data Rates (Gbit/seconds) - for ultra-fast data sharing120
    Latency (Millisecond) - for near real-time response101
    Mobility (Km/hour) - for large number of users traveling at speeds up to 500 km/h 350500
    User Experience Peak Data Rates (Mbit/second) - via enhanced capacity10100
    Spectrum Efficiency - advanced techniques will enable more bits per Hz1x3x
    Network Efficiency - optimized network energy consumption through efficient processing10x100x

    5G Applications

    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has defined below 3 main application areas for enhanced 5G applications.

    ITU 5G embb - mmtc - urlc
    Image Source: IMT-2020 Network High Level Requirements

    Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)

    eMBB uses 5G as a progression from 4G LTE mobile broadband services, with extreme data rates, lower latency, higher throughput, and more capacity.

    With eMBB, the IMT-2020 goals are to support applications & services that require:

    Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC)

    URLLC is required for mission critical and time sensitive applications such as autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, emergency responses and industry automation.

    With URLLC, the IMT-2020 goals are to support scenarios that require ultra high reliability and 1 millisecond low latency communications for use in mission critical applications that could mean life or death.

    The overall service latency depends on the delay on the radio interface, transmission within the 5G system, transmission to a server which may be outside of the 5G system and data processing.

    Some of these factors depend directly on the 5G system itself, whereas for others the impact can be reduced by suitable interconnections between the 5G system and services or servers outside of the 5G system, for example, to allow local hosting of the services. 

    URLLC example applications & services for industry automation include:

    Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC)

    mMTC,  is also known as massive machine communication (MMC) or massive machine to machine communication will support very high traffic densities of internet of things (IoT) devices. 

    Gartner estimates over 20B IoT devices will be installed by 2020, while IoT-related spending will reach nearly $3T.

    5G standards will have to include adaptable communication requirements for supporting the diverse range of communication needs required by IoT devices. The systems should be able to support battery operated sensors with low-power and low-data rate requirements, in addition to the high-data rate and low-latency requirements for industry automation. 

    mMTC sample applications & services include:

    5G Spectrum

    5G Spectrum Bands
    5G Specturm Bands (Image Source: T-Mobile)

    Spectrum determines coverage and speed. Much of the 5G network’s performance will depend upon our proximity to the cell site.

    Broadly, 5G spectrum can be classified into below 3 bands. Network operators need to use one or more combinations of the below mentioned low-band, mid-band and high-band spectrums.

    Low Band

    Mid Band

    High Band

    5G Market Outlook Reports

    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and IHS Markit study from Nov 2019, forecasted 5G will generate:

    Network Slicing Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    The Network Slicing Market was valued at USD 143.63 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 446.33 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 20.8% over the forecast period 2020 – 2025. According to GSMA, network slicing, in combination with other enablers and capabilities, will aid operators to address a revenue opportunity worth USD 300 billion by 2025.

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    Mobile Edge Computing Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    Mobile Edge Computing Market is expected to register a CAGR of over 37% during the forecast period (2020 – 2025). The advancement in the mobile-edge computing will help application developers and content providers via cloud-computing capabilities across the IT service environment at the edge of the mobile network, which is characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth along with real-time access to radio network information that can be leveraged by applications.

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    Massive Multiple-input, Multiple-output (MIMO) Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    The massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) market was valued at USD 2.05 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach a value of USD 15.05 billion by 2025 registering a CAGR of 39.48% over the forecast period (2020 – 2025).

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    5G Services Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    The 5G Services Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30% over the forecast period (2020-2025). 5G networks offer low latency, higher data transfer speed, and the capacity to carry a large number of connections.

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    5G Infrastructure Market – Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    The 5G Infrastructure market was valued at USD 1092.73 million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 6497.71 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 42.84% over the forecast period 2020 – 2025. An increasing number of carriers commit to deploying virtualized network infrastructure to support 5G applications service. 

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    5G Enterprise Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    5G Enterprise Market is expected to register a healthy CAGR of over 42% during the forecast period (2020 – 2025). Adoption of 5G technology in enterprises is forecasted to grow rapidly in the near future, as it provides low latency along with better efficiency.

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    5G Connections Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 – 2025)

    The 5G connections market has been growing at a CAGR of 28% during the forecast period (2020-2025). 5G will transform the future, and companies have already spent billions to set up their networks and to fund new technologies that can use it.

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    5G Industry Use Cases

    5G Industry Proofs-of-Concept

    5G Ecosystem Vendors

    VendorSolution CategoriesType
    [24]7.aiConversational AIProduct Vendor
    ZTE5G | Edge | SDN-NFV | VNF | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    ZephyrTelCharging & Billing | Edge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | OSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    Zeetta Networks5G | NFV Orchestrator | Network Automation | Network SlicingProduct Vendor
    ZayoNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    WiproOthersSystem Integrator
    Wind RiverEdge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFV | SecurityProduct Vendor
    Whale CloudOSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    Wavelength Communications5GConsulting
    VMwareNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) | Security | VNF | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    VlocityCRM | Configure, Price & Quote (CPQ)Product Vendor
    VisionableVideo Collaboration PlatformProduct Vendor
    VIAVI Solutions5G | Network & Device Testing | Network Assurance | Network Benchmarking | Network Protocol TestingProduct Vendor
    VersaSD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Security | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    VerbioCognitive Automation | Conversational AIProduct Vendor
    Vapor IOEdge | Edge Data Centers | Edge Exchange | Edge Network InfraProduct Vendor
    V-NovaVideo CompressionProduct Vendor
    University of SurreyOthersUniversity
    University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab5GUniversity
    Unitas GlobalSystem Integrator
    Unico.aiOthersSystem Integrator
    UnicoOthersSystem Integrator
    UiPathCognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    TWIOthersResearch Firm | System Integrator
    TTG InternationalFault & Event Management | Inventory Management | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Performance ManagementProduct Vendor
    TrendMicroCloud App Security | DDoS Protection | IoT Security | Network Security | SecurityProduct Vendor
    ThousandEyesAssurance and Optimization | Network AssuranceProduct Vendor
    The GC IndexOthersConsulting
    TeradataBig Data | Digital | UX Experience | Network Intelligence | AnalyticsProduct Vendor
    TeocoAssurance and Optimization | Network Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network OptimizationProduct Vendor
    TelcobridgesNetwork Assurance | SDN-NFV | VNF | vSBC (Session Border Controller)Product Vendor
    TechSeeDigital | UX ExperienceProduct Vendor
    Tech MahindraOthersSystem Integrator
    Tata Consulting Services (TCS)OthersSystem Integrator
    Tango Telecom Ltd5G | Business Communications | CRM | Campaign Management | Charging & Billing | Configure, Price & Quote (CPQ) | Digital | UX Experience | Interconnect & Roaming Settlement | Inventory Management | Mediation | Network Planning, Discovery & Management | OSS-BSS | Order Management & Fulfillment | Policy Management & Charging Control | Product Catalog | Signaling & ProtocolsProduct Vendor
    SynchronossDigital | UX Experience | IoT | OSS-BSS | Value Added OffersProduct Vendor
    SymantecCloud App Security | Email security | End-point security | Hybrid security | Network Security | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    Supermicro (SMCI)Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    Subex5G Security | Artificial Intelligence | Assurance and Optimization | Blockchain | Cyber Security | Fraud Management | IoT Security | Network Security | Settlement & ReconciliationConsulting | Product Vendor
    STL – Sterlite Technologies LimitedNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    Sterlite Technologies Limited5G | 5G Infrastructure | Charging & Billing | Connectivity | Edge | Edge Applications | Edge Compute Platform | Edge Data Centers | NFV Orchestrator | Policy Management & Charging Control | RAN Automation | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFV | SDN-NFV Orchestrator & Controllers | VNF | VNF Manager | vRANProduct Vendor | System Integrator
    Spirent5G | 5G Security | Network & Device Testing | Network Benchmarking | Network Protocol Testing | Network Security | Security | Service and Application Testing | Testing & QAProduct Vendor
    Sooktha5G | 5G Infrastructure | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Open RAN | Signaling & Protocols | Small Cells | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    SonicWallAdvanced Threat Protection | Email security | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    Software AGAPI Management | Big Data | IoTProduct Vendor | System Integrator
    SilverpeakSD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Security | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    Silicom Ltd. – Connectivity SolutionsNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    SigscaleSignaling & ProtocolsProduct Vendor
    Sigma-SystemsConfigure, Price & Quote (CPQ) | Inventory Management | OSS-BSS | Order Management & Fulfillment | Product CatalogProduct Vendor
    SI-TECH Information TechnologyCRM | OSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    Shenzhen Tianyuan Dic Information Technology (TYDIC)Others
    SevOneAssurance and Optimization | Network Assurance | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    Servicetrace GmbHIT Assurance | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    SASDigital | UX Experience | IoT | Network Intelligence | Analytics | SecurityProduct Vendor
    SAPCRM | Digital | UX ExperienceProduct Vendor
    SandvineAssurance and Optimization | Network Assurance | Network Optimization | OSS-BSS | Policy Management & Charging ControlProduct Vendor
    Samsung5G | Edge | Network Slicing | SDN-NFV | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    SalesforceCRMProduct Vendor
    SagunaEdge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing)Product Vendor
    RiverbedAssurance and Optimization | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    RiftioNFV OrchestratorProduct Vendor
    Ribbon CommunicationsSDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vSBC (Session Border Controller)Product Vendor
    reinferArtificial Intelligence | Conversational AIProduct Vendor
    RedHat (IBM)Automation | Edge | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    RadwareDDoS Protection | Network Security | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vFirewall | vLoadBalancerProduct Vendor
    RadisysSDN-NFV | VNF | vMRF (Media Resource Function) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    RAD Data Communications5G xHaul | EdgeProduct Vendor
    RackspaceSDN-NFV | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network)Product Vendor
    R3BlockchainProduct Vendor
    Qwilt5G | Edge | Edge Compute Platform | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing)Product Vendor
    QualyCloudSecurityProduct Vendor
    Qualcomm5G | 5G Infrastructure | IoT | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    ProdaptArtificial Intelligence | OSS-BSS | Robotic Process Automation | SDN-NFVSystem Integrator
    Polyverse5G Security | Advanced Threat Protection | Cloud App Security | Cyber Security | End-point security | IoT Security | Network Security | SecurityProduct Vendor
    PolystarAssurance and Optimization | Network & Device Testing | Network Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Monitoring | Network Optimization | Performance Management | Service Assurance | Service and Application Testing | Testing & QAProduct Vendor
    Picocom5G | 5G Infrastructure | Baseband | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Small Cells | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    PhilipsOthersProduct Vendor
    PegasystemsCRM | Cognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    Palo Alto Networks5G Security | Advanced Threat Protection | End-point security | IoT Security | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) | Security | VNF | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    OracleNFV Orchestrator | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | vSBC (Session Border Controller)Product Vendor
    Openwave Mobility (ENEA company)5G Core User Plane Functions | Assurance and Optimization | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    OpenetCharging & Billing | OSS-BSS | Policy Management & Charging ControlProduct Vendor
    Okinawa Open LaboratoryOSS-BSS | SDN-NFVLab-as-a-Service Provider
    NuvisoSDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    NTS RetailCRMProduct Vendor
    NquiringMindsIoTProduct Vendor
    NomensaDigital | UX ExperienceProduct Vendor
    Nokia5G | 5G Security | Cyber Security | Edge | NFV Orchestrator | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vCCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    NICECognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    NEXCOM InternationalIoT | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SecurityProduct Vendor
    Newland SoftwareIoT | OthersProduct Vendor
    Neural TechnologiesAutomation | Revenue AssuranceProduct Vendor
    NetYCENetwork AutomationProduct Vendor
    NetScoutAssurance and Optimization | DDoS Protection | Network Assurance | Network Security | Security | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    NetroundsAssurance and Optimization | Network & Device Testing | Network Assurance | Service Assurance | Service and Application Testing | Testing & QAProduct Vendor
    Netnumber5G Security | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    NEC-NetCrackerEdge | NFV Orchestrator | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFV | VNF | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    MYCOM OSIAssurance and Optimization | Automation | Network Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Optimization | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    MulesoftAPI ManagementProduct Vendor
    MobiledgeXEdge | Edge Compute Platform | Edge Network Infra | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing)Product Vendor
    Microsoft (Azure)Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFV | VNFProduct Vendor
    Metaswitch (Mircrosoft)SDN-NFV | VNF | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | vSBC (Session Border Controller)Product Vendor
    MetaliquidVideo Content AnalysisProduct Vendor
    Mercato SolutionsConfigure, Price & Quote (CPQ)Product Vendor
    Mavenir5G | Network Slicing | SDN-NFV | VNF | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)OthersUniversity
    Liverpool John Moores UniversityOthersUniversity
    Lanner Electronics IncNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    KyronRobotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    Kore.aiCognitive Automation | Conversational AI | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    Keysight Technologies5G Security | Network & Device Testing | Network Benchmarking | Network Protocol Testing | Service and Application Testing | Testing & QAProduct Vendor
    Kaloom5G | 5G Core User Plane Functions | Edge | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFV | VNF | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vRouter | vSwitchProduct Vendor
    JuniperEdge | NFV Orchestrator | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFV | VNF | vFirewall | vRouterProduct Vendor
    JacadaRobotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    IOTA FoundationBlockchain | IoTNon-Profit
    IometrixLab-as-a-Service Provider
    Intel CorporationOthersProduct Vendor
    INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMSOthersUniversity
    InstartDDoS Protection | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network)Product Vendor
    Inspur GroupBig Data | IoTProduct Vendor
    InnovaOSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    InmantaNFV Orchestrator | Network AutomationProduct Vendor
    Ingate SystemsSDN-NFV | VNF | vFirewall | vSBC (Session Border Controller)Product Vendor
    InfoVista5G | Assurance and Optimization | Fault & Event Management | Network Assurance | Performance Management | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Testing & QA | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    InfosysOthersSystem Integrator
    InfosimNetwork Assurance | Order Management & Fulfillment | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    InfobloxAdvanced Threat Protection | Assurance and Optimization | Cyber Security | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Assurance | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | Security | VNFProduct Vendor
    InfineraNFV Orchestrator | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    Incognito Software SystemsNetwork Intelligence | Analytics | Order Management & FulfillmentProduct Vendor
    IBMEdge | OthersProduct Vendor | System Integrator
    Huawei5G | Edge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | NFV Orchestrator | Network Slicing | SDN-NFV | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    HPENFV Orchestrator | SDN-NFV | VNF | vRouterProduct Vendor
    HealthCubeOthersProduct Vendor
    HarmonicSDN-NFV | VNF | vCCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform)Product Vendor
    Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU)OthersUniversity
    GoogleSDN-NFV | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network)
    GlobetomOSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    GeoSpockBig DataProduct Vendor
    GCIOthersSystem Integrator
    Galileo Software – A Federos CompanyService AssuranceProduct Vendor
    Fujitsu Network CommunicationsNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    Fortinet5G Security | Advanced Threat Protection | Cloud App Security | End-point security | Network Security | SDN-NFV | Security | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    ForgeRockIdentity and Access ManagementProduct Vendor
    Florida Institute of TechnologyOthersUniversity
    flexiWANSD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    Flash NetworksAssurance and Optimization | Network OptimizationProduct Vendor
    FICOOthersProduct Vendor
    FederosAssurance and Optimization | Automation | Fault & Event Management | Network Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Performance Management | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    FastlyCloud App Security | Edge | Edge Compute Platform | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network) | vLoadBalancerProduct Vendor
    F5DDoS Protection | Identity and Access Management | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vFirewall | vLoadBalancerProduct Vendor
    EXFO5G | Assurance and Optimization | Network & Device Testing | Network Assurance | Network Automation | Network Benchmarking | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Optimization | Service AssuranceLab-as-a-Service Provider | Product Vendor
    EverisOthersSystem Integrator
    Etiya5G | Campaign Management | Charging & Billing | Configure, Price & Quote (CPQ) | Conversational AI | Network Slicing | OSS-BSS | Order Management & Fulfillment | Product CatalogProduct Vendor
    Ericsson5G | Edge | NFV Orchestrator | Network Slicing | SDN-NFV | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    EquinixEdge | Edge Data Centers | Edge Exchange | Edge Network Infra | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    Enghouse NetworksOSS-BSS | SecurityProduct Vendor
    EneaNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Slicing | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    Empirix5G | Assurance and Optimization | Fault & Event Management | Fraud Management | IT Assurance | Network & Device Testing | Network Assurance | Network Benchmarking | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Operations Automation | Network Optimization | Network Protocol Testing | Performance Management | SLA Monitoring | Service Assurance | Service and Application Testing | Testing & QAConsulting | Product Vendor
    Elisa Automate5G | Automation | Fault & Event Management | Network Automation | Network Planning, Discovery & ManagementProduct Vendor
    EkinopsCPE | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | VNF | WAN Optimization | vRouterProduct Vendor
    EdgeworxEdge | Edge Compute PlatformProduct Vendor
    EdgeVerve (Subsidiary of Infosys)Cognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    EdgePresenceEdge | Edge Data CentersProduct Vendor
    EdgeMicroEdge | Edge Data CentersProduct Vendor
    Edgecore Networks CorporationNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SD-WAN & CPE | SASEProduct Vendor
    EdgeConneXEdge | Edge Data CentersProduct Vendor
    ECI TelecomNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    DZS5G | 5G Infrastructure | 5G xHaul | Backhaul | CPE | Connectivity | Device & Service Management | Edge | Edge Applications | Edge Compute Platform | IoT | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Media Access Platform | NFV Orchestrator | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Slicing | Open RAN | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFV | SDN-NFV Orchestrator & Controllers | Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) | Small Cells | VNF | VNF Manager | WAN Optimization | vGateway | vRAN | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Consulting | Product Vendor | System Integrator
    Druid Software5G | 5G Core User Plane Functions | Device & Service Management | Edge | Edge Compute Platform | IoT | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Device Testing | Network Optimization | Network Slicing | Testing & QALab-as-a-Service Provider | Product Vendor
    DrivenetsSDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    DigigluOthersConsulting
    Dgit SystemsCharging & Billing | Configure, Price & Quote (CPQ) | OSS-BSS | Order Management & FulfillmentProduct Vendor
    Detecon ConsultingOthersConsulting
    DeloitteOthersConsulting | System Integrator
    Dell EMCOthersProduct Vendor | System Integrator
    DataSpark Pte LtdBig DataProduct Vendor
    Datacipher Solutions Pvt Ltd5G | Assurance and Optimization | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Automation | Network Operations Automation | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | SDN-NFV Orchestrator & Controllers | SecuritySystem Integrator
    DartPointsEdge | Edge Data CentersProduct Vendor
    CX CompanyConversational AIProduct Vendor
    CUMUCORE5G | 5G Core User Plane Functions | 5G Infrastructure | Device & Service Management | Edge | Edge Compute Platform | Edge Network Infra | IoT | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFV Orchestrator & Controllers | VNF | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core)Product Vendor
    CSGCharging & Billing | Interconnect & Roaming Settlement | Inventory Management | Mediation | OSS-BSS | Order Management & FulfillmentProduct Vendor
    Creative VirtualConversational AIProduct Vendor
    CPLANE.aiEdge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    Concentra AnalyticsOthersProduct Vendor
    Compass DatacentersEdge | Edge Data Centers | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    CommScopeNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFV | VNFProduct Vendor
    ComarchOSS-BSS | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    CognizantOthersConsulting | System Integrator
    Cloudstreet (Nokia)5G | Network SlicingProduct Vendor
    CloudSenseCRMProduct Vendor
    CloudifyNFV Orchestrator | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    CloudgenixSD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | WAN OptimizationProduct Vendor
    CloudflareDDoS Protection | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network) | vLoadBalancerProduct Vendor
    Clear Blockchain TechnologiesAnti-Fraud | Blockchain | Settlement & ReconciliationProduct Vendor
    ClearBlockchainProduct Vendor
    CitrixCyber Security | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Security | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    Cisco5G Security | Advanced Threat Protection | Cloud App Security | Cyber Security | Email security | End-point security | NFV Orchestrator | SD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN Controllers | SDN-NFV | Security | WAN Optimization | vFirewall | vRouterProduct Vendor
    Ciena Blue Planet Division5G | Assurance and Optimization | Automation | NFV Orchestrator | Network Assurance | Network Automation | Network Slicing | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    CheckPointAdvanced Threat Protection | Cloud App Security | Cyber Security | End-point security | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    Cerillion TechnologiesOSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    CeragonBackhaul | Network Planning, Discovery & Management | OSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    Centina Systems (acquired by Ciena Blue Planet)Assurance and Optimization | Automation | Fault & Event Management | Network Assurance | Network Operations Automation | Network Planning, Discovery & Management | Operations Management | Performance Management | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    Cellwize5G | Artificial Intelligence | Assurance and Optimization | Automation | Closed Loop Automation | Cognitive Automation | Network Automation | Network Operations Automation | Network Optimization | OSS-BSS | Policy Management & Charging Control | RAN AutomationProduct Vendor
    CelfinetNetwork Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network OptimizationProduct Vendor
    Cato NetworksSD-WAN & CPE | SASE | SDN-NFV | Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)Product Vendor
    CataworxCharging & Billing | Product CatalogProduct Vendor
    Casa SystemsSDN-NFV | VNF | vCCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    CardinalityNetwork Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Optimization | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    CanGo NetworksNetwork Intelligence | AnalyticsProduct Vendor
    Cambridge Communications Systems (CSS)5G | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    CaictOthersResearch Firm
    CacheflySDN-NFV | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network)Product Vendor
    CableFree: Wireless Excellence5G | 5G Infrastructure | Backhaul | Baseband | Connectivity | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Open RAN | Small Cells | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    Bulb TechnologiesAutomation | Network Intelligence | AnalyticsProduct Vendor
    brytlytOthersProduct Vendor
    BroadcomNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    BoostConversational AIProduct Vendor
    BOCO Inter-TelecomOSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    Blue PrismCognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    Benu NetworksAssurance and Optimization | Edge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network AssuranceProduct Vendor
    Beijing University Of Posts And Telecommunications (BUPT)OthersUniversity
    Bearing PointOthersConsulting
    BarracudaAdvanced Threat Protection | Cloud App Security | Cyber Security | DDoS Protection | Email security | Network Security | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vFirewallProduct Vendor
    AxirosDevice & Service Management | IoTProduct Vendor
    Axiata Digital LabsOthersLab-as-a-Service Provider | Product Vendor
    Axellio IncEdge | Edge Data Centers | Edge Exchange | Edge Network Infra | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    AwareXDigital | UX ExperienceProduct Vendor
    AVIWESTOthersProduct Vendor
    Avi Networks (VMware)SDN-NFV | VNF | vLoadBalancerProduct Vendor
    AutomationEdgeCognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    Automation AnywhereAutomation | Cognitive Automation | Robotic Process AutomationProduct Vendor
    Audio CodesSDN-NFV | VNF | vSBC (Session Border Controller)Product Vendor
    ATX NetworksMedia Access PlatformProduct Vendor
    AtosOthersSystem Integrator
    AtonomiBlockchain | IoT | IoT Security | SecurityProduct Vendor
    AthonetEdge | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | SDN-NFV | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core) | vIMS (IP Multi-Media)Product Vendor
    Asocs5G | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | SDN-NFV | VNF | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    AsiaInfoNetwork Intelligence | Analytics | OSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    AryakaSD-WAN & CPE | SASEProduct Vendor
    ArtOfArcOthersConsulting
    Artificial SolutionsConversational AIProduct Vendor
    ArrisNetwork & Infra (Virtualized and Physical)Product Vendor
    Aria NetworksAssurance and Optimization | Network Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Optimization | Network Planning, Discovery & Management | OSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    AragoAI PlatformProduct Vendor
    ApptiumDigital | UX ExperienceProduct Vendor
    APITechNetwork & Device Testing | Others | Testing & QAProduct Vendor
    ApigateAPI Management | OthersProduct Vendor
    Anybox Private LimitedAssurance and Optimization | Fault & Event Management | Network Assurance | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Optimization | Performance Management | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor | System Integrator
    Anritsu5G | Network & Device Testing | Network Benchmarking | Network Protocol Testing | Service and Application Testing | Testing & QA
    AmdocsCharging & Billing | Configure, Price & Quote (CPQ) | Interconnect & Roaming Settlement | Inventory Management | Mediation | NFV Orchestrator | OSS-BSS | Order Management & Fulfillment | Product Catalog | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    Amazon (AWS)SDN-NFV | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network)Product Vendor
    AmartusSystem Integrator
    Altran5G | Edge | Network OptimizationConsulting | System Integrator
    Altiostar Networks5G | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Network Automation | Network Intelligence | Analytics | xRAN (Radio Access Network)Product Vendor
    Altice LabsAssurance and Optimization | Charging & Billing | Inventory Management | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Planning, Discovery & Management | OSS-BSS | Order Management & Fulfillment | Policy Management & Charging Control | Service AssuranceLab-as-a-Service Provider | Product Vendor
    Allot5G SecurityProduct Vendor
    AlefEdge5G | Edge | Edge Applications | Edge Compute Platform | Edge Exchange | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | Value Added OffersProduct Vendor
    albis-elconAssurance and Optimization | Automation | Connectivity | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Automation | Network Intelligence | Analytics | Network Planning, Discovery & Management | OSS-BSSProduct Vendor
    AkamaiCloud App Security | SDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vCDN (Content Delivery Network)Product Vendor
    AgamaAssurance and Optimization | Network Assurance | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    Affirmed Networks (Microsoft)5G | 5G Core User Plane Functions | Edge Compute Platform | IoT | Network Slicing | SDN-NFV | VNF | vEPC (Evolved Packet Core)Product Vendor
    AdvaAssurance and Optimization | MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) | NFV Orchestrator | Network & Infra (Virtualized and Physical) | Network Assurance | Network Automation | Network Security | Network Slicing | SDN-NFVProduct Vendor
    AccentureOthersConsulting | System Integrator
    AccedianAssurance and Optimization | IT Assurance | Network Assurance | Service AssuranceProduct Vendor
    Aarna Networks5G | NFV Orchestrator | SDN-NFV | SDN-NFV Orchestrator & Controllers | VNF ManagerProduct Vendor
    A105G | 5G Security | Cloud App Security | Network Security | SecurityProduct Vendor
    6WINDSDN-NFV | Security | VNF | vRouterProduct Vendor

    Telecom SDOs & Alliances

    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. It was founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks.

    Every time we make a phone call via the mobile, access the Internet or send an email, we are benefitting from the work of ITU.  ITU has three main areas of activity organized in ‘Sectors’ which work through conferences and meetings.

    Radiocommunications Sector (ITU-R) coordinates this vast and growing range of radiocommunication services, as well as the international management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

    Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-S) – also referred to as recommendations are  fundamental to the operation of today’s ICT networks. Without ITU standards we would not be able to phone calls or surf the Internet. For Internet access, transport protocols, voice and video compression, home networking, and myriad other aspects of ICTs, hundreds of ITU standards allow systems to work – locally and globally. 

    Telecommunications Development Sector (ITU-D)champions a number of major initiatives which encompass ITU’s internationally-accorded mandate to ‘bridge the digital divide’, such as its ITU Connect events or Connect a School, Connect a Community. ITU also regularly publishes the industry’s most comprehensive and reliable ICT statistics.

    3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)

    The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) unites below 7 telecommunications standard development organizations, known as “Organizational Partners” and provides their members with a stable environment to produce the Reports and Specifications that define 3GPP technologies.

    The project covers cellular telecommunications technologies, including radio access, core network and service capabilities, which provide a complete system description for mobile telecommunications.

    The 3GPP specifications also provide hooks for non-radio access to the core network,and for interworking with non-3GPP networks. 3GPP specifications and studies are contribution-driven, by member companies, in Working Groups and at the Technical Specification Group level.

    The three Technical Specification Groups (TSG) in 3GPP are:

    • Radio Access Networks (RAN)
    • Services & Systems Aspects (SA)
    • Core Network & Terminals (CT)
    Image Source: 3GPP - The Mobile Broadband Standard (click image to enlarge)

    3GPP Market Representation Partners

    The 3GPP Organizational Partners may invite a Market Representation Partner to take part in 3GPP, which:
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