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Gartner’s Top 10 Global 5G Network Infrastructure Companies

From Cisco and Samsung to Ericsson and Huawei, here’s the ten market leaders who made Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for 5G Network Infrastructure for Communication Service Providers.

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Niche Player: Cisco

The San Jose, Calif.-based networking behemoth is focused on telco cloud, mobile core, SDN transport and automation with its 5G business. Cisco’s Virtualized Packet Core receives major CSPs interest, and it supported T-Mobile’s industry-first 5G SA network by supplying UPF, SMF and PCF. Cisco ranks in the middle of the pack on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for both vision and execution.

Strengths: Cisco is a forerunner in Internet Protocol (IP) technology, which is an advantage because EPC/5G core is an all-IP network technology, Gartner said. Cisco has established a strong ecosystem in Open vRAN, which includes all the major players, as well as interest from CSPs.

Weaknesses: Cisco’s RAN portfolio does not include macrocell/microcell base stations and cannot fulfill CSPs’ requirements there. Gartner said Cisco is still seen by some CSPs as principally an enterprise player.

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