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The 5G Wireless Ecosystem: 2015 - 2025 - Technologies, Applications, Verticals, Strategies & Forecasts

Press Release   •   May 06, 2016 08:13 EDT


While LTE and LTE-Advanced deployments are still underway, wireless carriers and vendors have already embarked on R&D initiatives to develop so-called “5G” technology, with a vision of commercialization by 2020.

5G is essentially a revolutionary paradigm shift in wireless networking to support the throughput, latency, and scalability requirements of future use cases such as extreme bandwidth augmented reality applications and connectivity management for billions of M2M (Machine to Machine) devices.

Although 5G is yet to be standardized, some of the collectively accepted attributes of the technology include new air interface transmission schemes, new spectrum bands, spectrum aggregation, Massive MIMO, beamforming, D2D (Device to Device) communications and self-backhauling, among others.

Driven by regional, national government, wireless carrier and vendor initiatives, we expect 5G R&D and trial investments will account for nearly $5 Billion by 2020, following a CAGR of nearly 40% over the next 5 years.

The “5G Wireless Ecosystem: 2015 – 2025 – Technologies, Applications, Verticals, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the emerging 5G ecosystem including key market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, use cases, vertical market applications, spectrum bands, wireless carrier deployment commitments and vendor strategies. The report also presents forecasts for both 5G investments and subscriptions.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.

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Key Findings:

The report has the following key findings:

Driven by regional, national government, wireless carrier and vendor initiatives, we expect 5G R&D and trial investments will account for nearly $5 Billion by 2020, following a CAGR of nearly 40% over the next 5 years

Nearly 70% of these investments will target large scale commercial trial networks in Japan, South Korea and other early pioneering countries

Despite a lack of standardization, vendors are aggressively investing in 5G development efforts with a principal focus on new transmission schemes, antenna technologies, and higher frequency bands

5G networks are expected to utilize a variety of spectrum bands, ranging from established cellular bands to millimeter wave frequencies

5G standardization activities are expected to commence between 2015 and 2016

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Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:

5G requirements, use cases & vertical market applications

5G market drivers and barriers

Air interface & antenna technologies: Massive MIMO, waveforms, phased array antennas & beamforming

Spectrum technologies: Cognitive radio, spectrum sensing, aggregation & LSA (Licensed Shared Access)

D2D communications & self-backhauling networks

Complimentary technologies for 5G: NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), SDN (Software Defined Networking), HetNet (Heterogeneous Networking), C-RAN (Cloud RAN), drones & satellites

Spectrum options for 5G

Standardization & research initiatives

Competitive assessment of vendor strategies & commitments to 5G

5G investment and subscription forecasts from 2015 till 2025

Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation:

Market forecasts are provided for each of the following regional submarkets::

Asia Pacific

Eastern Europe

Latin & Central America

Middle East & Africa

North America

Western Europe

Key Questions Answered:

The report provides answers to the following key questions:

How much will vendors and operators invest in 5G R&D and trial commitments?

What will the number of 5G subscriptions in 2025 and at what rate will it grow?

What will be the key applications of 5G networks?

What trends, challenges and barriers will influence the development and adoption of 5G?

Which regions and countries will be the first to adopt 5G?

Will 5G networks utilize new spectrum bands?

Who are the key 5G vendors and what are their strategies?

Will 5G be a C-RAN centric network?

What will be the impact of 5G on the M2M and IoT ecosystem?

Will drone and satellite based communication platforms play a wider role in 5G networks?

List of Companies Mentioned:

The following companies and organizations have been reviewed, discussed or mentioned in the report:

3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project)

Aalborg University



Aircom International


Alpental Technologies


ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan)


Ascom International




Chalmers University of Technology

China Mobile

Connected Digital Catapult

DoCoMo Euro-Labs

DT (Deutsche Telekom)


EM3 (Enterprise M3)



European Commission




Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe


GSMA (GSM Association)



Institut Mines-Télécom


ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute)

ITU (International Telecommunication Union)

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology


Ministry of Industry, Development and Reform Commission, China

MOST (Ministry of Science & Technology, China)

MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


New York University

NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance


Nokia Networks




Poznan University of Technology


Rohde & Schwarz

Roke Manor

RWTH Aachen




SK Telecom

Telecom Italia


TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)

Titan Aerospace

Universitaet Bremen

Universitat Politècnica de València

University of Kaiserslautern

University of Oulu

University of Surrey