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Evolution of unlicensed LPWAN technologies threatens 5G in key markets

There are several discrepancies in the 5G narrative, which will start to become glaringly obvious as commercial roll-outs begin. An important one is that, in nearly all models, increased enterprise business is essential to the 5G case. Much of this will be driven by low latency, low power applications in the Internet of Things space. Yet the 5G capabilities which promise to support such use cases, more effectively than 4G or unlicensed spectrum alternatives, are not included in the first release of standards; and most operators are building their first 5G networks to support their familiar – but stagnating – mobile broadband markets. The risk for the MNOs is that other technologies will fill the short term gap for low…

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