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Three critical enablers of 5G: adoption patterns in small cells, cloud-RAN and SONs

Caroline Gabriel Senior Contributor, Research
Roberto Kompany Senior Analyst, Research

"Cloud-RAN will be the biggest single opportunity for telco software providers in the 5G era, driven by the technology’s ability to reduce operators’ TCO and enable new services."

Mobile network operators (MNOs) will look for more efficiency from their forthcoming 5G investments and network capacity growth, while maintaining flat capex budgets. We have identified three key technologies – cloud-RAN, small cells and self-optimising networks (SONs) – that will be popular with MNOs and will help vendors to drive revenue in the next 5 years.

This report answers the following questions.

  • Which technologies are CSPs most likely to invest in as they prepare for 5G?
  • How can vendors take advantage of this emerging new demand, by providing solutions that address MNOs' key requirements?
  • How will SONs, cloud-RAN and small cells work together to create a next-generation mobile platform?
  • What are the drivers or trigger points that will stimulate MNO investment in these technologies, and how can vendors support them?
  • How will the competitive landscape for vendors vary compared to that of the 4G era?

The following vendors have profiles in this report.

  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies
 
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Electronics
 
  • ZTE

Operator spending worldwide by 5G technology, 2022, and CAGR of spending, 2017–2022

Operator spending worldwide by 5G technology, 2022, and CAGR of spending, 2017–2022


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