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5G and Edge Network Architectures

Global 5G Core Network Spending Forecast, 2018-2028: It's a Marathon

5G networks are the next step forward in mobile/cellular networks. They are characterized by very high downlink (and uplink) speeds, low latency, a flat network architecture with split control and user planes, and a services-oriented focus.

This report:

  • Provides a high-level overview of the 5G core network and system architecture

  • Shows how the various pieces work together without getting too bogged down in the details

  • Shows how an operator can migrate from their current LTE network to a 5G New Radio network complete with a 5G Core

  • Provides a ten-year forecast of mobile operator spending on 5G Core Network-based solutions in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is 5G? What are the basic use cases associated with 5G?
  • What is the 5G Core Network? How does it differ from the LTE core network?
  • What is different about the 5G RAN as compared to the LTE RAN?
  • What are the different options for migrating from the LTE core network to the 5G core network?
  • What are the likely migration paths for mobile operators in the U.S. currently operating LTE networks?
  • What option might a greenfield 5G network operator choose?
  • How much are mobile operators in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific likely to spend on 5G Core Network-based solutions?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Computing infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Backhaul service providers and equipment OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • What This Means
  • Methodology
  • What is 5G?
    • 5G Use Cases
    • URLLC
    • Massive IoT
    • 5G Services and Use Cases
  • Current status of 3GPP 5G standards
  • Moving from 4G to 5G
    • The 5G Migration
    • Option 3x
    • Option 7x: Non-standalone, LTE Assisted, 5GC Connected
    • And on to 4a
    • Option 5: Standalone eLTE, 5GC Connected
    • The endgame
    • Transition to the 5GC
      • CUPS
      • DECOR and eDECOR
    • The 5G Core Network
  • Examples of Global 5G Network Deployments
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
    • Asia Pacific
    • Europe
  • Mobile Core Network Spending Forecast
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Spending on building the Mobile Core Network, NA, AP and Europe, 2018-2028
  • Table 1: Select 5G-related Acronyms
  • Table 2: Spending on the Mobile Core Network, NA, AP and Europe, 2018-2028
  • Table 3: 5G CN Spending on a percentage basis, 2018-2028
  • Table 4: 5G CN spending in North America, 2018-2028
  • Table 5: 5G CN spending in Europe, 2018-2028
  • Table 6: 5G CN spending in Asia Pacific, 2018-2028
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Spending on building the Mobile Core Network, NA, AP and Europe, 2018-2028
  • Figure 1: 5G fundamental capabilities
  • Figure 2: 5G main applications and services
  • Figure 3: Timeline of 3GPP Releases
  • Figure 4: The 5G Core and RAN
  • Figure 5: 4G RAN and the CU-DU Split in the 5G RAN
  • Figure 6: Migration from LTE to 5G
  • Figure 7: Option 3x, EN-DC
  • Figure 8: Option 7x
  • Figure 9: Option 4a
  • Figure 10: Option 5
  • Figure 11: Option 2
  • Figure 12: The EPC before CUPS
  • Figure 13: The EPC with CUPS
  • Figure 14: Moving from CUPS to 5G CN
  • Figure 15: Service Based Architecture, Network Function Interactions 5G Core (non-roaming)
  • Figure 16: Non-roaming architecture for the NEF
  • Figure 17: Spending on the Mobile Core Network, NA, AP and Europe, 2018-2028
  • Figure 18: 5G CN Spending on a percentage basis, 2018-2028
  • Figure 19: 5G CN spending in North America, 2018-2028
  • Figure 20: 5G CN spending in Europe, 2018-2028
  • Figure 21: 5G CN spending in Asia Pacific, 2018-2028


For additional information on the Global 5G Core Network Spending Forecast, 2018-2028, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.