Trends Report

5G Will Be A Long Journey, But Prepare Now — Because The Promise Is Huge

December 9th, 2019

Summary

The timeline for the release of 5G is dictated by the standardization bodies and regulators. 5G sets of capabilities will be released over the next three-plus years. The 5G standardization release schedule shows finalization of release 17 in 2021, but Forrester believes a more realistic date is 2023, based on delays that have occurred in previous releases. CIOs and network infrastructure professionals should synchronize the timing of their product and service portfolio with 5G standards releases. 5G will transform the global network infrastructure. CIOs and network infrastructure pros should take a holistic and comprehensive approach outlined in five steps.

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