The hype of 5G is ushering in the potential for drastic network change and is driving service providers to prepare for the future. Today’s networks provide ubiquitous all-purpose IP connectivity to support all services. 5G, by definition, supports three major service classes: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable and low latency communications (uRLLC), and mass machine-type communications (mMTC) – and must have the ability to provide configurable levels of isolation between each service transported.
The question facing mobile network operators (MNOs) is, what path do they take to help support these new services? While the answer depends on organizational beliefs and business timing, three distinct strategies emerge for 5G network transport.