After Trump’s numerous attempts to restrict Huawei’s business in the West, he finally built his ‘wall’, the one that has made the Chinese tech behemoth lose its access to the US market.

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Ultrafast data rates. High availability. Extreme flexibility. Support for an exponentially larger number of connected devices as compared to 4G. 5G promises all of these features, paving the way for a dizzying array of use cases ranging from smart transport to advanced critical communications to autonomous factories to immersive consumer experiences. Analyst firm IHS Markit predicts that 5G will drive $12.3 trillion of global economic output in 2035, enabling enterprises and industries to improve productivity, reduce costs and open the door to new opportunities.

Read more: Narrowing the digital divide: How satellite will deliver ubiquitous 5G

MEF recently announced the public availability of its final draft standard that, for the first time in the industry, defines an SD-WAN service and its various attributes. Telecom Review secured an interview with Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF, to shed light on this groundbreaking initiative and discuss next steps for SD-WAN market development.

Read more: MEF: The industry’s first SD-WAN service standard