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RAN Intelligent Controller Market - By Component (Platform, Services), By Function (Non-RT RIC, Near-RT RIC), By Technology (4G, 5G), By Application (rApps, xApps) & Forecast, 2024 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8144
  • Published Date: Feb 2024
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RAN Intelligent Controller Market Size

RAN Intelligent Controller Market was valued at USD 426.5 million in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 58.5% between 2024 & 2032. The industry is driven by automation and self-optimization of radio access networks, reducing manual intervention and operational costs while improving network performance and reliability. With the increasing complexity of network management in 5G environments, automation capabilities provided by intelligent controllers become indispensable.

RAN Intelligent Controller Market

For instance, in October 2023, Vodafone and NEC joined forces to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered RAN intelligent controller solution. This collaboration aims to leverage AI and Machine Learning (ML) to enhance various aspects of the RAN, such as network slicing, traffic steering, energy efficiency, Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (M-MIMO), and Quality of Experience (QoE) improvements.

The RAN intelligent controller market growth is fueled by the demand for efficient resource management. The evolution toward the integration of virtualized networks and edge computing amplifies the need for intelligent control mechanisms. Open RAN initiatives promoting interoperability, alongside the pursuit of network automation and intense market competition, further propel market expansion and innovation.

The RAN intelligent controller industry faces challenges such as implementation issues in network environments, security vulnerabilities due to centralized control points, scalability concerns amid expanding network deployments, and the need to ensure compatibility with legacy infrastructure. Addressing these hurdles requires concerted efforts to overcome integration complexities, fortify network security measures, enhance scalability solutions, and develop strategies for seamless integration with existing systems.

RAN Intelligent Controller Market Trends

With the rise of edge computing and MEC, RAN intelligent controllers are playing a crucial role in enabling low-latency, high-bandwidth applications, and services at the network edge. These controllers help in distributing computing resources, caching content, and optimizing traffic flows to deliver enhanced user experiences for latency-sensitive applications such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and autonomous vehicles. For instance, in February 2022, Orange and Samsung partnered to test and deploy RAN intelligent controllers for industrial applications. This partnership is in line with Samsung's involvement in the development of open-source code for RAN intelligent controller elements and its expanding influence on the open RAN domain, as well as Orange's inauguration of the first laboratory in France dedicated to open RAN technology.

Market developments for RAN intelligent controllers include the incorporation of sophisticated analytics and automation, which provides networks with predictive and self-optimizing capabilities. Cloud-native techniques are gaining popularity owing to their increased scalability and agility. Edge computing integration is becoming more popular, particularly for latency-sensitive applications. Open RAN efforts continue to stimulate innovation while promoting interoperability and vendor diversity. These developments reflect the industry's need for improved performance, flexibility, and efficiency in network administration.

RAN Intelligent Controller Market Analysis

RAN Intelligent Controller Market Size, By Component, 2022 – 2032, (USD Million)

Based on the component, the market is divided into platforms and services. In 2023, the platforms segment accounted market share of over 76%. The emergence of cloud-native solutions for enhanced scalability and agility is boosting segment growth. There is a growing focus on integrating AI and ML capabilities to enable predictive analytics and self-optimization. Open RAN initiatives are driving interoperability, fostering vendor diversification, and promoting innovation in platform offerings. For instance, in December 2023, Vodafone, Intel, and Cirrus360 teamed up to launch a new computer language platform for Open RAN, powered by ML. This framework seeks to provide intent-based autonomous mobile network automation by bridging the language gap between humans and machines, allowing for seamless communication across network operators, engineers, and AI systems. ML in Open RAN and wireless networks is an emerging R&D topic, with potential applications in network optimization, automation, and data analytics.

RAN Intelligent Controller Market Share, By Function, 2023

Based on function, the market is categorized into non-real-time (non-RT) and near-RT. In 2023, the non-RT RAN intelligent controller segment held market share of over 60% and is projected to grow significantly till 2032. Non-RT RAN intelligent controllers are witnessing improvements in virtualization technologies for better flexibility and resource optimization. There is a growing emphasis on network slicing capabilities to support diverse service requirements. The integration of AI and automation is enhancing network efficiency and performance in non-RT applications. For instance, in September 2023, Deutsche Telekom conducted trials to demonstrate the potential of multi-vendor non-RT RAN intelligent controllers and third-party applications (rApps) in automating and optimizing open RANs. The trial successfully demonstrated closed-loop optimization through use cases involving Physical Cell Identifier (PCI) optimization and energy.

U.S. RAN Intelligent Controller Market Size, 2022 -2032, (USD Million)

North America dominated the global RAN intelligent controller market with a major share of over 33% in 2023. The region sees a surge in cloud-native deployments for scalability and agility. Regulatory initiatives promoting spectrum availability and open standards contribute to market growth. Additionally, strategic partnerships between telecom operators and technology vendors facilitate innovation and accelerate the adoption of RAN intelligent controllers. For instance, in March 2023, Nokia and AT&T tested the Open RAN-compatible near RT RAN intelligent controller with a native E2 interface, which uses enhanced intelligence. The testing was carried out on Nokia's commercial near real-time RAN intelligent controller platform, operating on Nokia AirScale base stations connected to AT&T's network. This platform integrates a new intelligence layer into the RAN, allowing AI/ML-based optimization techniques to dynamically optimize RAN performance.

RAN Intelligent Controller Market Share

Major players operating in the RAN intelligent controller industry are:

  • Broadcom
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.
  • Mavenir
  • NEC Corporation
  • Nokia
  • Parallel Wireless
  • Rakuten Symphony Singapore Pte. Ltd
  • Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Juniper Networks, Inc. and Ericsson holds over 20% of global market. Juniper Networks, Inc. competes in the RAN Intelligent Controller industry by offering its Contrail Edge Cloud platform. Positioned as a comprehensive solution for edge computing and network automation, Juniper's offering aims to optimize RAN performance, enhance service delivery, and support emerging 5G use cases with scalable, cloud-native architecture.

Ericsson dominates the RAN intelligent controller business with its extensive expertise and innovative solutions. Renowned for its 5G-ready platforms, Ericsson offers a comprehensive suite of RAN products and services, positioning itself as a trusted partner for telecom operators worldwide. Its commitment to innovation and reliability solidifies its leadership position in the industry. For instance, in October 2023, Ericsson and Telefónica announced a partnership to advance Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) technology. The collaboration aims to accelerate the development and adoption of cloud-native open networks, promoting innovation and enabling the introduction of new features through standardized APIs.

RAN Intelligent Controller Industry News

  • In February 2023, Cisco and Intel worked together to accelerate private 5G innovation and global IoT adoption. They intend to simplify 5G for enterprises, connect IT and OT network & security operations, and streamline administration using a SaaS operating model. The cooperation allows edge use cases for IoT, assist clients across various industries, and accelerate the deployment of private 5G. Cisco and Intel collaborate with a variety of 5G device makers, RAN manufacturers, and corporate application software publishers to establish three worldwide private 5G innovation centers.
  • In March 2023, Mavenir's Cloud-native Network Automation and Open RAN Intelligent Controller (O-RIC) have garnered acclaim as exceptional automation solutions within the Open RAN sector. Utilizing advanced automation technologies, AI, and ML, the O-RIC facilitates autonomous 5G networks, enhances energy efficiency, and elevates the Quality of Service (QoS).

RAN intelligent controller market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Component

  • Platforms
  • Services

Market, By Function

  • Non-Real-Time-RAN Intelligent Controller (Non-RT RIC)
  • Near-Real-Time-RAN Intelligent Controller (Near-RT RIC)

Market, By Technology

  • 4G
  • 5G

Market, By Application

  • rApps
  • xApps

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Italy
    • Nordics
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Aishvarya Ambekar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Radio Access Network (RAN) Intelligent Controller (RIC) market size was worth USD 426.5 million in 2023 and is set to record over 58.5% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, attributed to the automation and self-optimization of radio access networks, reducing manual intervention and operational costs while improving network performance and reliability.

RAN intelligent controller market from the platforms segment accounted for more than 76% of revenue share in 2023 and is projected to record considerable growth during 2024-2032 owing to the emergence of cloud-native solutions for enhanced scalability and agility.

North America market size for RAN intelligent controller held more than 33% of revenue share in 2023 and is estimated to exhibit robust growth through 2032 as the region witnesses a surge in cloud-native deployments for scalability and agility.

Some of the top firms engaged in the RAN intelligent controller industry are Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Intel Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., Mavenir, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Parallel Wireless, Rakuten Symphony Singapore Pte. Ltd, SAMSUNG, and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

RAN Intelligent Controller Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 17
  • Tables & Figures: 310
  • Countries covered: 26
  • Pages: 240
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