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5G will be important, but not necessarily critical, to the success of platform business models. But on the flipside, platforms combined with IoE will be essential to 5G – and could be a killer use case. That is one of the key findings in our latest Trends Analysis report 5G: Is platform the killer use case?

The report presents the results of a survey we conducted with 61 telecom professionals from 52 companies, including communications service providers (CSPs) and their suppliers. Results were gathered through an online survey and interviews.

Nearly all the people we interviewed agreed that 5G, network functions virtualization, software-defined networking and cloud-based platform business models are all inextricably linked and represent the best (perhaps only) way forward for CSPs.

Read the report to understand:

  • How CSPs and suppliers define ‘platform’
  • Where CSPs are with their platform strategies
  • Why open APIs are essential
  • How NFV and SDN are related to platform and 5G
  • Where operators are with their 5G strategies
  • What the challenges are in deploying platforms and 5G
  • How TM Forum Catalyst projects are addressing them

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About The Author

Managing Editor

Dawn Bushaus began her career in technology journalism in 1989 at Telephony magazine, which means she’s been writing about networking for a quarter century. (She wishes she didn’t have to admit that because it probably gives you a good idea of how old she really is.) In 1996, Dawn joined a team of journalists to start a McGraw-Hill publication called, and in 2000, she helped a team at Ziff-Davis launch The Net Economy, where she held senior writing and editing positions. Prior to joining TM Forum, she worked as a freelance analyst for Heavy Reading.


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