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Millimeter-waves, MEC, and network softwarization as enablers of new 5G business opportunities

: Frascolla, V.; Englisch, J.; Takinami, K.; Chiaraviglio, L.; Salsano, S.; Yunoki, K.; Barberis, S.; Palestini, V.; Sakaguchi, K.; Haustein, T.; Domenico, A. de; Strinati, E.C.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2018 : April 15-18, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-1734-2
ISBN: 978-1-5386-1735-9
Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) <2018, Barcelona>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer HHI ()

This paper focuses on analyzing some key business aspects that arise during the deployment of key novel enabling technologies for 5G systems. Results are taken out of two EU-funded ongoing research projects, namely 5G-MiEdge and Superfluidity, which largely exploit mmWave communications and softwarization concepts for 5G networks. We initially provide a stakeholder analysis of the 5G ecosystem, as well as a Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats (SWOT) analysis of a couple of key and most promising 5G use cases. For one use case also a preliminary business model is provided. Then we detail an economic 5G cost model, which is able to provide indications on the profitability of 5G networks. Finally, we highlight the planned future works.