5G. Think big. Accelerate to get ahead.

5G will fundamentally transform mobile tech and what it means for all of us. Companies in every industry must get ready now for the coming 5G revolution.

Key challenges

The following six key areas are the key challenges clients face to expand within the 5G space

Spectrum access/network deployment feasibility

Spectrum will remain critical to 5G. 5G will need spectrum within 3 key frequency ranges. Availability/at what cost will impact the 5G business case.

Strategy use cases and business model

Financial outlook pressure on traditional revenue; finding new models and the investment requires a business case.

Device innovation & technology breakthroughs

New 5G radio will be challenged to deliver improved spectral efficiency. The push for <1ms latency will require innovation and evolution.

Network deployment approach

Use of mmW frequencies needs network design breakthroughs. 5G & Small Cells differ from 4G and need new regulatory and deployment approach.

Architectural and platform innovation

New Architecture, Platforms promote disruptive technologies in greenfield areas; network slicing will need a new operating model.

Operational complexity

Network & IT architecture merge, E2E Services-based operations — this leads to a tidal transformation in stacks, processes and people.

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The 5G revolution

Billions of 5G devices will generate huge waves of new data. They’ll also create new ways to solve challenges and drive yet unimagined growth opportunities. Everything is set to change: products, services, businesses and operating models. Acting now can put CSPs on the front foot. Short-term gains and industry leadership will follow. By applying 5G’s ultra-low latency, real-time connectivity, vastly increased capacity, and blisteringly fast speed, CSPs can leapfrog competitors and realize the full potential of the Pervasive Network.

2019/2020 will see the launch of commercially-ready 5G networks. Making the right investments, and knowing how to capitalize on them, are essential but complex and time-consuming.

CSPs that want to lead the 5G race have many decisions to make. From spectrum planning and feasibility issues to priority use cases, new business models and device strategies, CSPs must negotiate a world of operational complexity while keeping on top of costs.

The race is on. And acceleration is key.

Tackling the cost of a 5G build

Deploying 5G in a cost-efficient manner can help industry leaders fuel new business models and generate additional sources of revenue in the future.


Competing in a 5G world

5G will create a universe of possibilities for businesses and consumers. CSPs will have to address these new markets and needs.

Data explosion

Mobile data traffic set to grow 8X by 2023.

New devices to the max

Number of connected devices to grow exponentially.

Industry adoption

Connectivity demands skyrocket across industries.

New investment non-negotiable

Infrastructure investment is a must to win with 5G.

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Gearing up for a 5G future

To keep improving our offerings in the marketplace, we’ve developed a brief diagnostic. Please take a few minutes to answer these questions to help us learn more about you and your 5G plans.

Accenture network 5G acceleration services

A comprehensive set of capabilities to accelerate your evolution to 5G networks and services. Our services aim to transform your network operations and management by leveraging digital and next generation technologies.

5G business/technology strategy

Define your 5G DNA to determine how to best deploy and monetize 5G given existing assets and market position.

5G use cases and business model

Leverage industry experience to co-create B2C and B2B use cases, develop your go-to-market strategy, and build your business case.

Spectrum availability and feasibility assessment

Determine a 5G low-band, mid-band and high-band spectrum strategy. Emulate 5G lab solutions to assess feasibility before full solution investment.

Build and deploy network capabilities

Service factory model to roll out scaled small cells, leveraging field install services (i.e. scheduling, dispatch, digital worker support, etc.).

Operate and maintain your 5G network

Breakdown the technical composition of commercial products to drive lean ops and task management and simplify multiple activities. 

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Forging a path to new value with 5G

Accenture 5G Acceleration Services provides companies with a framework and powerful analytics tools to help drive investment in all the right places. We help you define your 5G vision…and then accelerate its journey to reality.

A strategy based on network DNA critical to 5G

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Walking the 5G road

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