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The economics of 5G deployment in the “race” to 5G: The role of Massive MIMO

August 27, 2020

Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology is anticipated to play a prominent role in the global deployment of 5G mobile communications networks. Massive MIMO is an antenna system that substantially improves the coverage, capacity, and speed of wireless networks, and is being deployed broadly in 5G build-outs around the world.

In this Insights we look at the market for Massive MIMO, the economic forces underlying the relative lack of deployment of this technology in the US to date, and the implications of the current structure of the equipment supply market for the “race” to 5G in the US.

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