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5G Micro-Operator Networks – A Key Enabler for New Verticals and Markets

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The demand for wireless information exchange in the form of data and multimedia content has been growing exponentially over the past few years, and the trends are expected to persist for the future. Due to the continued growth in demand and support required for new use cases and features, currently the fifth generation (5G) of mobile networks are being developed. We present the concept of micro-operators and discuss the use of cloud-based deployments to enable new connectivity and service provisioning paradigms. The use of such networks for supporting new verticals, related challenges and impacts on network security and the regulatory support from new spectrum regimes are also briefly discussed. Performance issues and optimization approaches are briefly outlines to enable a fast and efficient deployment of 5G networks which are suitable for new verticals and markets, providing tailored services and applications.
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