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Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Quarterly Trends and Analysis: Q4 2017


Pages: 34

This report, presented in a PowerPoint presentation, outlines the major trends in the U.S. wireless industry in Q4 2017.

The four main themes covered include:

  • Network – general trends about changes in the network as the industry moves to 5G
  • Virtualization – trends relating to NFV, SDN, uCPE, etc.
  • RAN – trends in the industry related to densification, small cells, C-RAN, etc.
  • OTT – Over The Top service trends

The trends and themes covered in this report will be further explored in future quarters. iGR avoided topics that were one-time occurrences and instead focused on events that were part of an ongoing trend.

Key Questions Answered

  • What were the major trends of the wireless and mobile industry during the fourth quarter of 2017?
  • What major announcements were made by players in the mobile industry?
  • What trends were identified regarding the mobile network, virtualization of the network, RAN, and OTT services?
  • What research and forecasts of iGR support these trends?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Device OEMs
  • Mobile infrastructure vendors
  • Mobile backhaul services and solutions providers
  • Content providers and distributors
  • Financial and investment analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • A Thought for the Quarter
  • Network
    • Ongoing Fiber Consolidation
    • Ongoing Fiber Builds
    • U.S. MEC Operator Spend
    • U.S. Network Spend Build vs. Operate
  • Virtualization
    • Replacing proprietary with generic
    • Demonstrating/Implementing NFV/SDN
  • RAN
    • Spectrum
    • CBRS Hype Ongoing
    • Capacity & Densification
    • 5G Hype Continues
    • Cloud/Centralized RAN
  • OTT
    • Live TV Moving to New Platforms
    • Social Platforms Moving into Video
    • Big operators moving to OTT
    • OTT tipping point
  • Acronyms & Definitions

List of Charts and figures

  • U.S. Mobile Operator Spending on MEC, 2018-2026 ($M)
  • Total U.S. Mobile Network Build and Operating Spending, 2017-2027 ($M)
  • Total CBRS Nodes Deployed, 2017-2022
  • U.S. RAN Network Infrastructure Build Spending, 2017-2027 ($M)
  • Preferred Sources for Video Content among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Total Mobile Video and Non-Video Traffic (TB/month), 2016-2021, North America

For additional information on the Quarterly Trends and Analysis: Q4 2017 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.