The Wireless Network Infrastructure Ecosystem: 2015 – 2020 - Macrocell RAN, Small Cells, C-RAN, RRH, DAS, Carrier WiFi, Mobile Core, Backhaul & Fronthaul

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SNS Research's latest report indicates that global spending on C-RAN architecture networking gear is expected to reach $14 Billion annually by 2020.

Centralized RAN or C-RAN is an architectural shift in RAN (Radio Access Network) design, where the bulk of baseband processing is centralized and aggregated for a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility, smaller deployment footprint and reduced power consumption.

While Japan and South Korea continue to drive a majority of commercial C-RAN investments, other operators in the rest of the world are also keen to migrate towards C-RAN. China Mobile, Orange, Telenor and Sprint are already trailing the architecture. China Mobile has shown a 30% reduction in CapEx and a 53% reduction in OpEx in its C-RAN trials.

SNS Research estimates that global wireless network infrastructure spending on C-RAN deployments will grow at a CAGR of 23% between 2015 and 2020. By the end of 2020, C-RAN architecture infrastructure investments will account for nearly $14 Billion. The investments will include spending on RRHs (Remote Radio Heads), C-RAN small cells, BBUs (Baseband Units) and fronthaul transport networking gear.

These findings are part of SNS Research's “Wireless Network Infrastructure Ecosystem: 2015 – 2020 - Macrocell RAN, Small Cells, C-RAN, RRH, DAS, Carrier WiFi, Mobile Core, Backhaul & Fronthaul” report. The report presents an in-depth assessment of 10 individual submarkets of the wireless network infrastructure opportunity. Besides analyzing key market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, investment trends, operator revenue potential, regional CapEx commitments, network rollout strategies, future roadmap, 5G R&D initiatives, value chain, vendor assessment and market share, the report also presents revenue and unit shipment forecasts for 10 submarkets from 2015 to 2020 at a regional as well as a global scale. Historical figures are also provided for 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The report will be of value to current and future potential investors into the wireless sector, as well as wireless carriers and infrastructure/device vendors who wish to broaden their knowledge of the ecosystem.