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5G is not just a radio

When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fiber as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was. If higher data rates and larger numbers of broadband devices are an MNO’s only goals, it will be better to stick with LTE for many years to come, especially with Gigabit LTE becoming a reality (and the operator can always label it ‘5G’ anyway). The superior efficiencies of the 5G New Radio will not outweigh the cost of deploying a brand new network, except for a greenfield company. The full benefits of 5G will only be achieved…

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