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Virtualized EPC will wrest control of the cellular network away from MNOs

One of the most interesting aspects of the emerging new mobile network architecture -whether the radios are 4G or 5G – is the potential for non-MNOs to harness the capabilities of a cellular platform. This is not possible just through an MVNO deal, but in ways that give enterprises, government agencies or web services providers new levels of control, and new ways to monetize the connectivity. The two most important examples are options to run LTE in unlicensed or shared spectrum; and for a non-MNO to deploy its own localized and specialized mobile core. Until true 5G network slicing is widespread, these two developments are the most realistic ways to start to extend control and monetization beyond the MNO, if…

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