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5G: A new future for Mobile Network Operators, or not?

William Lehr, Fabian Queder and Justus Haucap

Telecommunications Policy, 2021, vol. 45, issue 3

Abstract: The transition to 5G has the potential to significantly disrupt the competitive landscape for wireless services. For Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), 5G represents the next generation of cellular technology. However, the order-of-magnitude performance improvements targeted by 5G, its design philosophy that embraced a wider range of contributors than participated in the development of earlier generations of cellular technology, and by its focus on expanding the range of markets to be addressed by cellular technologies, 5G represents a paradigm shift. It is more of a tool-box of capabilities than a one-size-fits-all technology. This paper compares and contrasts 5G with earlier generations of cellular and related wireless technologies and examines how the economic forces that have shaped the MNO industry heretofore are changed with 5G. This examination highlights the potential for new business models and competition to disrupt the wireless industry in coming years.

Keywords: 5G; Broadband; Internet; Mobile; Wireless; Networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2020.102086

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