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The 5G business case for enhanced mobile broadband

Enhanced mobile broadband will be the first commercial application of 5G. In the near future, 5G can help telecom operators efficiently improve their consumer business. Our study reveals that the evolution to 5G can enable 10 times lower cost per gigabyte than current 4G networks.


In the study, Ericsson explore:

  • How 5G can help operators overcome the key challenges related to mobile broadband: data growth, increased user expectations and efficient monetization
  • The economic case for increasing radio access capacity through 4G-only and 4G to 5G deployment

5G will provide capacity to handle growing data traffic, as well as present opportunities for operators to grow top-line and improve their consumer business. As networks evolve and technologies like Massive MIMO and 5G New Radio are introduced, cost per gigabyte will decrease. This cost efficiency will grow stepwise with the continued capacity improvements in 4G.

One thing we learned from the introduction of 4G is that first movers grow faster. Operators who rolled out 4G ahead of competitors enjoyed increased revenue and market share. To take advantage of this window of opportunity operators need to set their 5G deployment and marketing strategies as the commercial roll-out of 5G is approaching.

The speed of 5G device penetration will determine how quickly operators can benefit from 5G capabilities. With a proactive approach on the evolution to 5G, it’s clear that the technology can offer significant economic rewards.

Download our infographic to get an overview of the key findings in the study.

The 5G consumer business case

An economic study of enhanced mobile broadband.

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