This is Gartner’s first 5G network infrastructure related Magic Quadrant that replaced the company’s previous Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure as well as Market Guide for 5G New Radio Infrastructure reports.
In order to be on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for 5G Network Infrastructure For Communication Service Providers, network equipment providers needed to possess radio access equipment and core network products for 5G that are generally available for production. Vendors were also required to have at least one or more 5G commercial contracts with CSPs.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant ranks vendors on their ability to execute and completeness of vision and places them in four categories: Niche Players (low on vision and execution), Visionaries (good vision but low execution), Challengers (good execution but low vision) and Leaders (excelling in both vision and execution). For this particular Magic Quadrant, no vendors were listed as ‘Challengers’.