Infrastructure investments do not come free.
When getting your IT infrastructure 5G-ready, it might help to conduct make-or-buy evaluations. Capital-friendly solutions are often complex and usually require specialized support staff. You will need quality resources—and a lot of them—and your IT infrastructure budget will need to increase to accommodate them.
Once you have identified the equipment that needs upgrading, you will have a ready-made shopping list to give to procurement. But if you have just identified your needs, you might not yet have budgeted for them, so you will need to roll up the capital and labor cost to install them.
And be sure to identify a control strategy in your budget to minimize spending without compromising performance and redundancy.