Operator Strategies for Disaggregation

5G introduces new network architectures that will have a profound impact on radio, core and transport network design. As communication service providers (CSPs) begin to roll out 5G, Mobile World Live conducted an online survey of mobile and fixed-line network operators and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to understand current strategies for the 5G transport network, and, specifically, the role that disaggregated architectures play in transport network planning. The survey confirmed the significance of the transport network for supporting 5G strategies as well as revealed CSP aspirations for disaggregation of switching and routing resources in 5G transport networks and the operational considerations that need more attention.