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Niche spectrum and multi-tenant small cells help push the MNO-free 5G model

It is widely acknowledged that, for 5G to succeed, it will have to support a wide variety of use cases with very different network requirements. That also means it will be implemented in a wide variety of spectrum bands, equipment form-factors and devices in order to support all those requirements optimally. The logical assumption to follow from that, is that it must also support a wide variety of service providers, each properly equipped to address one of these wildly diverse applications. As conventional MNOs publicly struggle to make a strong business case for 5G in the Internet of Things, or in industrial applications which require high availability or very low latency, it is important that alternative providers can step into…

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