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Global Front/Backhaul Build Spending Forecast, 2018-2028: Connecting 5G around the globe

5G is going to require a massive number of cell sites to achieve the low latency and high speeds envisioned. New sites will include everything from macro sites to small radios hung off of buildings or lamp posts in dense urban environments. And with these sites, additional fronthaul and backhaul will be required.

iGR has created a network cost model based on the amount of data the network is expected to be able to support and deliver. The cost model includes three major components: RAN (base station equipment and small cells), core (LTE EPC and 5G new core), and front/backhaul. The front/backhaul spending component is presented in this market study.

This market study presents a summary of fronthaul and backhaul options for 5G and includes a ten-year forecast of front/backhaul build spending in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific between 2018 and 2028. The study also includes a discussion of global operators’ progress towards 5G and profiles of dozens of front/backhaul vendors.


Key Questions Answered

  • What are the various 3GPP standards leading up to 5G?
  • 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 is the ‘functional split’ as it relates to fronthaul for 5G?
  • How big is the fronthaul/backhaul infrastructure build opportunity in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific in the next ten years?
  • Who are some of the major vendors that will provide fronthaul and backhaul solutions 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
    • Challenges Along the Road to 5G
    • What do the first 5G networks look like?
  • Current status of 3GPP 5G Standards
  • Front-/Backhaul in the 5G World
    • The Functional Split
    • eCPRI
    • Fronthaul Lite
    • TSN Ethernet
    • NGFI / Xhaul
    • In-band front/backhaul
  • 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
  • Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Cost Forecast
    • Methodology and Assumptions
    • U.S. Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending
    • Europe Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending
    • Asia Pacific Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending
  • Mobile Front/Backhaul Vendor Profiles (Wireless and Wired)
    • Cisco
    • CommScope
    • Ericsson
    • Fujitsu
    • Huawei
    • NEC
    • Nokia Networks
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Wired Mobile Front/Backhaul Vendor Profiles
    • Accedian Networks
    • Actelis Networks
    • ADTRAN
    • ADVA Optical Networking
    • Calix
    • Canoga Perkins
    • CenturyLink / Level 3 Communications
    • Charter Communications / Spectrum Enterprise
    • Ciena
    • Crown Castle
    • DASAN Zhone Solutions
    • ExteNet Systems
    • Infinera
    • IPITEK
    • Positron Access Solutions
    • RAD Data
    • Segra
    • SOLiD
    • TE Connectivity
    • Telco Systems
    • Uniti
    • Windstream Communications
    • Zayo
  • Wireless Mobile Front/Backhaul Vendor Profiles
    • Airspan Networks
    • Aviat Networks
    • BridgeWave Communications
    • Cambium Networks
    • Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited (CBNL)
    • Communication Components, Inc. (CCI)
    • CCS
    • Ceragon Networks
    • DragonWave-X
    • E-Band Communications
    • EBlink
    • Intracom Telecom
    • Juniper Networks
    • LightPointe Wireless
    • Proxim Wireless
    • RADWIN
    • Siklu
    • Tarana Wireless
    • Vubiq Networks
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A-1: Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending by Region, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table A-2: Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending by Region, 2014-2028 ($M)
  • Table 1: CPRI/ORI Interface Specifications and projected bit-rates for RRH Links
  • Table 2a: U.S. Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 2b: U.S. Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2024-2028 ($M)
  • Table 3a: Europe Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 3b: Europe Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2024-2028 ($M)
  • Table 4a: Asia Pacific Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 4b: Asia Pacific Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2024-2028 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending by Region, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 1: 5G fundamental capabilities
  • Figure 2: 5G main applications and services
  • Figure 3: Timeline of 3GPP Releases
  • Figure 4: eCPRI System and Interface Definition
  • Figure 5: eCPRI Functional Splits
  • Figure 6: NGFI Diagram
  • Figure 7: Splitting the Processing
  • Figure 8: Examples of CU-DU Functional Split Configurations
  • Figure 9: U.S. Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 10: Europe Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2028 ($M)
  • Figure 11: Asia Pacific Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Build Spending, 2018-2028 ($M)

For additional information on the Global Front/Backhaul Infrastructure Spending Forecast, 2018-2028: Connecting 5G around the globe market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.