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Cloud providers and vendors wait for MNOs to push start button for true 5G

Mobile operators are currently engaged in a 5G phony war. Those in saturated markets are eagerly launching 5G services by adding a few New Radio (NR) base stations to their 4G networks, ramping up the data rates for highly selected locations and engaging in a great deal of marketing (some, like AT&T with 5GE, are even labelling 4G+ services ‘5G’). In reality, these deployments do no add anything that couldn’t have been achieved with Gigabit LTE. The grid of sites remains the same in most cases, as do the applications (faster video, mainly) which the network supports. Most MNOs are sticking to the same pricing models too, as the UK demonstrates – Vodafone introduced unlimited data (with the somewhat interesting…

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