This IDC Market Perspective examines the role that 5G plays in accelerating and intensifying the transformation of mobile operators' networks. The advent of 5G brings tremendous promise, with the potential for advanced use cases and the ability to change connectivity utilized by both consumers and businesses. But before that potential can be realized, there is considerable work to be done in constructing and deploying critical functionality within the mobile network operators' core networks — control plans, orchestration, virtualization, and operational systems are all essential elements to ensure that 5G's peak performance in speed, latency, and connection density are achieved and the associated benefits and revenue are appropriately delivered.
"While the evolution of the network is typically best addressed in a gradual and deliberate approach to innovation, the complexity brought on by 5G networks will necessitate an accelerated, yet well-planned strategy to maximize the gains and guarantee functionality and performance," says Jason Leigh, research manager, Mobility and 5G at IDC. "Thoughtful planning and robust partnerships are critical, inescapable components of any network transformation blueprint."