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Research Reveals 28 Percent of Mobile Network Operators in Developed Asia-Pacific Markets Will Offer Some Level of 5G Commercial Service by 2020, Compared to Global Norm of 8 Percent

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HONG KONG &In research released by telecommunications research and consulting firm Analysys Mason titled "The Impact of 5G on Wireline Networks in Asia Pacific," new information unveils the forthcoming impact of 5G integration for mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia Pacific (APAC).

Of note, it was found that 5G migration will be unlike anything APAC MNOs have experienced in the past. The research shows that strategic investment in wireline infrastructure is crucial for operators in APAC to achieve success in supporting future 5G services. Currently, less than 25 percent of APAC MNOs surveyed have a fully integrated wireless/wireline strategy, with the majority planning both sides concurrently, yet independently. The research found APAC MNOs must develop a converged holistic wireline strategy, even if plans to integrate 5G radios are still a ways off.

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