Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

Global Mobile LTE RAN Virtualization Forecast, 2013-2017: Benefit of the BTS Hotel

Mobile virtualization is a hot topic in the wireless industry today. However, there is considerable lack of knowledge as to what constitutes mobile virtualization and how and when it will be implemented by mobile operators.

This report discusses the potential impact of mobile RAN (radio access network) virtualization, including base station hoteling, the potential benefits both in terms of CapEx and OpEx to operators deploying LTE, and the global implications.

For Mobile RAN virtualization, splitting of the base station into a Remote Radio Head (RRH) or Radio Unit (RU) and baseband is required. The RRH is mounted where required and connected to the baseband unit via fiber optic – the baseband is located in a convenient data center. The baseband units for a metro market can therefore be co-located and could use standard hardware, hence reducing cost, improving reliability and easing maintenance.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is mobile RAN virtualization?
  • What types of mobile RAN virtualization exist and how do they differ?
  • What are the current standards efforts associated with mobile RAN virtualization?
  • What is the current status of CRPI and how is it used in mobile RAN virtualization?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses associated with mobile RAN virtualization?
  • What new business models are enabled by mobile RAN virtualization?
  • What is the potential opportunity for BTS hoteling?
  • How much are the mobile operators expected to spend globally on LTE RANs in terms of CapEx and OpEx?
  • What are the potential savings associated with mobile LTE RAN virtualization for the world’s mobile operators (by region) in terms of CapEx and OpEx?
  • What is the potential impact of mobile RAN virtualization on the mobile infrastructure OEMs such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia Solutions & Networks, Samsung, ZTE and Huawei?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile network operators and MVNOs
  • Mobile infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell vendors and OEMs
  • Cellular tower companies and data center vendors
  • Virtualization software and solution vendors
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • Three types of mobile virtualization defined
    • BTS Hoteling and CPRI
    • Mobile RAN Virtualization Forecast
  • What is Mobile RAN Virtualization?
    • Three types of mobile virtualization defined
    • BTS Hoteling
  • Mobile Virtualization Standards
    • The ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG)
    • Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI)
    • Where Does CPRI Fit with Various Standards Bodies?
    • What is the Status of CPRI in the Market?
    • CPRI versus OBSAI
    • How Will CPRI Impact Current Technology? Benefits of CPRI
    • Cons of CPRI
  • SWOT Analysis: Mobile RAN Virtualization
  • Global LTE Radio Infrastructure Forecast
    • Global LTE Subscriber Forecast
    • Global LTE Radio Infrastructure CapEx Forecast
  • Global Mobile RAN Virtualization Benefit Forecast
    • CapEx Benefit of LTE Radio Virtualization
    • OpEx Benefit of LTE Radio Virtualization
  • Mobile RAN Virtualization Vendors
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • CommScope
    • NextG Networks / Crown Castle
    • Ericsson
    • Huawei
    • Nokia Solutions and Networks
    • Samsung Electronics
    • SOLiD
    • TE Connectivity
    • Ubiquisys (Cisco)
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: CPRI’s Relationship to 3GPP Standard
  • Table 2: Global LTE Subscribers by Region, 2012-2017 (000s)
  • Table 3: Global LTE Subscribers by Region, 2012-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Table 4: Global LTE Radio Infrastructure CapEx, 2012-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Table 5: Global LTE Radio Infrastructure CapEx by Region, 2012-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Table 6: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit, 2013-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Table 7: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit by Region, 2013-2017 (Percentage Share of Total Radio Infrastructure Spending)
  • Table 8: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit by Region, 2013-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Table 9: Global LTE Radio Virtualization OpEx Savings by Region, 2013-2017 ($M)
  • Table 10: Global LTE Radio Virtualization OpEx Savings by Region, 2013-2017 (Percentage Share)

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure 1: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit by Region, 2013-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Figure 2: Global LTE Radio Virtualization OpEx Savings by Region, 2013-2017 ($M)
  • Figure 3: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 4: CPRI Interface
  • Figure 5: Remote Radio Head Configurations
  • Figure 6: Basic RRH Architecture Configurations
  • Figure 7: RRH Topologies
  • Figure 8: SWOT Analysis
  • Figure 9: Total Global LTE Subscribers, 2012-2017 (000s)
  • Figure 10: Total Global LTE Subscribers by Region, 2012-2017 (000s)
  • Figure 11: Global LTE Subscribers by Region, 2012-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Figure 12: Total Global LTE Radio Infrastructure CapEx, 2012-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Figure 13: Global LTE Radio Infrastructure CapEx by Region, 2012-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Figure 14: Global LTE Radio Infrastructure CapEx by Region, 2012-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Figure 15: Total Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit, 2013-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Figure 16: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit by Region, 2013-2017 ($M, depreciated CapEx)
  • Figure 17: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit by Region, 2013-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Figure 18: Global LTE Radio Virtualization Infrastructure CapEx Benefit by Region, 2013-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Figure 19: Total Global LTE Radio Virtualization OpEx Savings, 2013-2017 ($M)
  • Figure 20: Global LTE Radio Virtualization OpEx Savings by Region, 2013-2017 ($M)
  • Figure 21: Global LTE Radio Virtualization OpEx Savings by Region, 2013-2017 (Percentage Share)
  • Figure 22: Crown Castle DAS Solution
  • Figure 23: Crown Castle DAS Solution

For additional information on the Global Mobile LTE RAN Virtualization Forecast, 2013-2017: Benefit of the BTS Hotel market research report, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.