Capturing the 5G SA opportunity: towards a multi-vendor approach

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5G SA is an exciting development for operators, and the choice between a multi-vendor or single vendor approach has wide-ranging implications. This report explores these different approaches.


Format: PDF filePages: 22 pagesAuthor: Grace DonnellyPublication Date: November 2022

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Recommendations
  • Preface
  • The 5G SA opportunity
    • The transformative potential of 5G SA
    • 5G SA requires operators to develop and foster a new set of skills
    • Some open questions remain around 5G SA
  • The early adopter 5G SA landscape
    • Orange
    • Vodafone
    • Dish
  • Tier 2 and Tier 3 operator approaches to 5G SA
    • Adherents to a single vendor approach
    • Proponents of a multi-vendor approach
    • Several factors can influence an operators’ vendor strategy
  • Recommendations

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Operators need to define their role in the emerging coordination age
  • Figure 2: The number of 5G SA core deployments has more than doubled from 2021 to 2022
  • Figure 3: The majority of Tier 2 and Tier 3 operators we interviewed are targeting a 2022/23 deployment for 5G SA
  • Figure 4: There are different operator approaches to vendor selection
  • Figure 5: Factors influencing vendor selection strategies


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G, 5G benefits, 5G SA, 5G standalone, AI, analytics, automation, cloud-native, CNF, connectivity, disaggregation, DISH, Hyperscalers, oracle, Orange, Vodafone