The paper details how a flexible network with ubiquitous coverage and low cost of deployment will be essential to fulfil the enterprise potential of 5G and drive new revenues for vertical industries and for their service providers – which may be mobile operators, neutral hosts or enterprise specialists.
As service providers contemplate not only the dizzying array of IoT use cases, but also the uncertainties at this early stage about business models and architecture choices, the SCF paper provides an invaluable starting point and a practical, business-focused blueprint to help members start on their IoT journey. It also helps stakeholders decide on their first priorities for addressing this new opportunity, and advocates a platform approach which will maximize the return on investment in IoT and enterprise small cells, and avoid technology or commercial dead ends.
The technical paper, 5G era IoT use cases and enterprise small cell (SCF 198), completes a three-part series addressing the three cornerstones of the 5G business model. Previously published research in the series focusses on enhanced mobile broadband (mmw 5G-eMBB use cases and small cell based hyperdense networks, SCF 197) and ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC and slicing in 5G small cell networks, SCF 199). Together the papers make up a compelling commercial and technical deployment map for dense 5G networks, covering the specific implications for small cells of the three main use case categories.