Radio Access Network Market Size, By Component (Communication Infrastructure [Cell Site (Small Cell (Microcell, Picocell, Femtocell), Macro Cell), RAN Equipment)], Service [Training and Consulting, Planning and Implementation, Maintenance and Support]), By Connectivity Technology (2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G), By Deployment Region (High-Density Urban Area, Suburban and Rural Area), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025

Published Date: Oct 2019  |  Report ID: GMI4390  |  Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Preeti Wadhwani

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 280   |   Base Year: 2018




Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

 Industry Trends

Radio Access Network Market size exceeded USD 9 billion in 2018 and is estimated to grow at over 5% CAGR between 2019 and 2025.
 

Radio Access Network Market

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Radio access network aids in connecting individual smart devices to other parts of the network through radio connections. It provides access and co-ordinates the management of resources across the radio sites. It sends the signal to and from wireless endpoints so that it can travel with other traffic over networks built for collective and deliberate purposes. It resides between the user equipment such as a smartphone, a computer, or any remotely controlled machine.
 

The radio access network market growth is attributed to the rising demand for improved cellular coverage in increased cellular and IoT devices. The rising cellular devices are generating a huge amount of data traffic that enables telecom operators to deploy advanced radio access network solutions to handle this massive data traffic. The rising adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in network infrastructure is also supporting market value. The supportive government initiatives to improve the telecom infrastructure is also helping in the growing demand for radio access network solutions. For instance, in November 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared the usage of 1,550MHz spectrum in 5G by commercial wireless providers.
 

The commercialization of next generation 5G network is enabling telecom companies to deploy advanced network solutions that support the 5G network. The enhanced speed and bandwidth capabilities of the 5G network needs advanced networking solutions to provide highly reliable communication services. The major technology solution providers are strategically collaborating with other technology companies to develop innovative radio access network solutions to support 5G technology. Thus, steps toward the commercialization of 5G network are supporting the market share.
 

Radio Access Network Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018 Market Size in 2018: USD 9 billion
Historical Data for: 2014 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2025
Pages: 280 Tables, Charts & Figures: 533
Geographies covered (23): U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), Southeast Asia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE
Segments covered: Component, Connectivity Technology, Deployment Region, and Region
Companies covered (20): Altran Technologies, Juniper Networks, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, Verizon Communications, Inc., HP Enterprises, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Nokia Networks, ZTE Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., NetScout, Wipro Limited, Radisys Corporation (Reliance Jio), AT&T Inc., Corning Incorporated (SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc), CommScope Holding Company, Inc., Altiostar Networks, Inc., Fujitsu, and Intel Corporation
Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing smartphone penetration
  • Adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies
  • 5G commercialization
  • Demand for improved network coverage
  • Favorable government initiatives
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Lack of standardization in spectrum allocation
  • Interference in cell sites
  • Security related issues

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Increase in cellular subscribers will spur the demand for small cell sites

The small cell sites are expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% in the radio access network market during the forecast period due to the increase in the number of cellular subscribers across the word. For instance, in September 2019, according to GSMA, unique mobile subscribers have crossed a 5 billion mark across the world. The increase in cellular subscribers, in turn, needs improved cellular coverage, burdening the existing telecom infrastructure. Small cells help telecom operators to extend cellular coverage to low populated areas such as airports, malls, railway station, commercial building, and small offices.
 

Europe Radio Access Network Market Revenue, By Small Cell, 2018, (USD Million)
Europe Radio Access Network Market Revenue, By Small Cell, 2018, (USD Million)

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The range of small cells can be varied by varying their power. Based on range, small cells are classified into microcells, picocells, and femtocells. Major network solution providers are introducing new small cell sites to extend LTE coverage across enterprises. For instance, in January 2018, Nokia launched MulteFire (TM) small cell to support the adoption of private LTE across the industries, enterprises, smart cities, and mobile service providers. This new product helped the company to allow enterprises to connect mobile sensor-enabled devices more efficiently.
 

Supportive initiatives for commercialization of 5G network will drive the radio access network market revenue

The commercialization of 5G network is expected to fuel the demand for 5G radio access network solutions due to its bandwidth and network capabilities. The growing demand for improved cellular network coverage is enabling companies to focus on the deployment of next generation 5G technology. For instance, in April 2019, SK Telecom, a leading Korean telecommunication company launched a nationwide 5G technology. The company’s 5G network can support a transmission speed of up to 2.7 Gbps and cover data traffic concentrated areas in 85 cities, nationwide. It implements a series of techniques designed to improve a signal's ability to reach each local user device without generating unnecessary interference or consuming redundant energy resources. The companies are focusing on the development of 5G radio access network solutions through strategic partnerships with other technology companies.
 

Rising demand for radio access network solutions in high-density urban region

The high-density urban region segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% due to the increase in urban population across the world. According to the UN, 55% of the world’s population lived in urban areas in 2018. In these high-density urban areas, subscribers are densely concentrated and use data services more extensively. Mobile operators face challenges to identify and correct capacity shortfalls in these high-traffic areas. The need for the effective management of expected traffic offloads and increased network capacity in these areas are enabling telecom operators to deploy small cells.
 

Adoption of radio access network is higher in North America

Europe Radio Access Network Market Revenue, By Region, 2018, (USD Million)
Europe Radio Access Network Market Revenue, By Region, 2018, (USD Million)

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North America held a radio access network market share of over 30% in 2018 due to the increase in internet penetration in the region. For instance, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for issues on ICT, 70% of the population in North America utilized the internet in 2018. The increase in internet penetration results in massive data traffic, generated from different cellular and IoT devices. Thus, the adoption of radio access network is increasing to effectively manage data traffic and enhance network speed. The government’s supportive initiatives for the commercialization of 5G network are also supporting the market growth in the region.
 

Partnership is the key growth strategy for major market players

The companies operating in the market are collaborating with other technology companies in the ecosystem to develop innovative radio access network solutions. For instance, in June 2019, NEC Corporation partnered with Rakuten Mobile to develop 3.7 GHz frequency-based massive MIMO 5G antenna radio unit that supports highly secure cloud-native 5G network. This collaboration helped the company to develop a 5G-based open vRAN architecture in Japan.
 

Some of the major companies operating in the radio access network industry are Altran Technologies, Juniper Networks, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, Verizon Communications, Inc., HP Enterprises, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Nokia Networks, ZTE Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., NetScout, Wipro Limited, Radisys Corporation (Reliance Jio), AT&T Inc., Corning Incorporated (SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc), CommScope Holding Company, Inc., Altiostar Networks, Inc., Fujitsu, and Intel Corporation.
 

The radio access network market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2014 to 2025, for the following segments:

Market by Component

  • Communication Infrastructure
    • Cell Sites
      • Small Cell
        • Microcell
        • Picocell
        • Femtocell
      • Macro Cell
    • RAN Equipment
  • Service
    • Training and Consulting
    • Planning and Implementation
    • Maintenance and Support

Market by Connectivity Technology

  • 2G
  • 3G
  • 4G/LTE
  • 5G

Market by Deployment Region

  • High-density Urban Area
  • Suburban and Rural Area

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Russia
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia and New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
  • LAMEA
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Israel
    • UAE
       

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