Hold On For Just One Second!

Before you leave, how about subscribing to iGR Opinion, our regular industry newsletter?






Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Global RAN Build Spending Forecast, 2018-2028: LTE and 5G RAN in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific

The first 5G networks have now been launched in the U.S., while in the major markets of Asia Pacific and Europe, operators are trialing 5G with plans to launch commercially in the next year. The first part of the evolution to 5G involves the RAN (Radio Access Network) with the deployment of the first part of the 3GPP Release 15 standard, 5G NR (New Radio). The next step will be to deploy the new packet core and subsequent 3GPP releases.

Historically, the majority of build spending on the mobile network has been for the RAN and this is not expected to change as 5G is deployed. Therefore, if the wireless industry wishes to cut the cost of building and operating mobile networks, savings must be made in the RAN if significant benefit is to be realized.

This market study presents a summary of iGR’s RAN research and includes a ten-year forecast of RAN build spending in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific, which is further split by 4G and 5G spending. The study also includes a discussion of global operators’ progress towards 5G, 5G network requirements, and new RAN technologies such as massive MIMO and beamforming.


Key Questions Answered

  • What are the various 3GPP standards leading up to 5G and what are they likely to contain for the RAN?
  • What is 5G? How is it defined and/or viewed right now? When will 5G be deployed?
  • What are some of the goals and use cases for 5G?
  • What are global mobile operators doing to prepare for the transition from their 4G LTE networks of today to tomorrow’s 5G networks?
  • What are the key RAN technologies that will enable 5G, such as Massive MIMO and beamforming?
  • How big is the LTE and 5G RAN infrastructure opportunity in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific in the next ten years?
  • How is the RAN infrastructure spending split between 4G and 5G in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific in the next ten years?
  • Who are some of the major vendors that will support LTE and 5G RAN over the next ten years?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • What This Means
  • Methodology
    • Network Model
    • Current Model Assumptions
    • 5G Model Assumptions
    • Variance from mobile operator financial disclosures
  • What is 5G?
    • 5G Use Cases
    • URLLC
    • Massive IoT
    • 5G Services and Use Cases
  • Current status of 3GPP 5G Standards
  • 5G Network Needs
    • Spectrum Needs
    • Challenges Along the Road to 5G
    • What will the first 5G networks look like?
    • MIMO & Beamforming
    • MU-MIMO
    • Massive MIMO and mmWave
    • Beamforming
  • What U.S. Mobile Operators Have Done to Prepare for 5G
    • Spectrum
    • AT&T
    • Verizon Wireless
    • T-Mobile US
    • Sprint
    • US Cellular
  • What European Mobile Operators Are Doing to Prepare for 5G
    • European Union
    • Spectrum
    • BT (EE)
    • Deutsche Telekom
    • Orange
    • Telefonica (Spain, Germany, UK)
    • Three UK
    • TIM
    • Turkcell Group
    • Vodafone (Corporate)
    • Vodafone Germany
    • Vodafone Spain
    • Vodafone UK
  • What Asia Pacific Mobile Operators Are Doing to Prepare for 5G
    • Optus
    • Telstra
    • China Mobile
    • China Telecom
    • China Unicom
    • Bharti Airtel
    • Reliance Jio
    • Vodafone Idea
    • Telkomsel and XL
    • KDDI
    • NTT DoCoMo
    • Softbank
    • Rakuten
    • Singtel
    • M1
    • StarHub
    • KT
    • LG U+
    • SK Telecom
    • APT
    • Chunghwa Telecom
  • RAN Infrastructure Build Cost Forecast
    • Methodology and Assumptions
    • U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending
    • U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation
    • Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending
    • Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation
    • Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending
    • Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation
  • RAN Vendor Profiles
    • Altiostar
    • Altran
    • ASOCS
    • Blue Danube
    • Ciena
    • CommScope
    • Ericsson
    • Fujitsu Network Communications
    • Huawei
    • Intel
    • JMA Wireless
    • Mavenir
    • NEC
    • Netsia
    • Nokia Networks
    • Radisys
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Texas Instruments
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A-1: RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Region, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Table A-2: RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Region, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Table 1a: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 1b: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2024-2028($M)
  • Table 2a: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 2b: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2024-2028($M)
  • Table 3a: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 3b: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2024-2028($M)
  • Table 4a: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 4b: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2024-2028($M)
  • Table 5a: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 5b: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2024-2028($M)
  • Table 6a: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 6b: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2024-2028($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Region, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 1: 5G fundamental capabilities
  • Figure 2: 5G main applications and services
  • Figure 3: Timeline of 3GPP Releases
  • Figure 4: Beamforming and MIMO
  • Figure 5: 2x2 MIMO
  • Figure 6: Conceptual view of MU-MIMO
  • Figure 7: Another take on MU-MIMO
  • Figure 8: Analog and Digital Beamforming for mmWave
  • Figure 9: Prototype Massive MIMO Antenna, Lund University
  • Figure 10: Other Massive MIMO Antenna Designs
  • Figure 11: Massive MIMO Antenna Designs / Systems
  • Figure 12: Conceptual view of Analog and Digital Beamforming
  • Figure 13: Inter-relation of Beamforming and MIMO
  • Figure 14: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 15: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 16: U.S. RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2028 (%)
  • Figure 17: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 18: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • igure 19: Europe RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2028 (%)
  • Figure 20: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Component, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 21: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 22: Asia Pacific RAN Infrastructure Build Spending by Generation, 2018-2028 (%)

For additional information on the Global RAN Infrastructure Spending Forecast, 2018-2028: LTE and 5G RAN in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.