They can do this by targeting the digital transformation of other industries, such as automotive and manufacturing, using 5G-Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
In its latest report, Ericsson examined more than 400 industry digitalisation use cases across 10 industries - energy and utilities; manufacturing; public safety; health care; public transport; media and entertainment; automotive; financial services; retail; and agriculture.
As 5G becomes increasingly vital to industries, opportunities for new 5G-enabled revenues for operators will increase, the report said.
"Our case studies have shown that operators employ strategic and operational activities to address challenges facing the success of their offerings," said Thomas Noren, Head of 5G Commercialisation at Ericsson.
"Even though they're not yet 5G offerings, these activities - such as go-to-market channels and trial and experimentation -- will be equally important, if not more, when evolved towards 5G," Noren added.
Trials of 5G use cases are expected to start in 2018.