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Major chip providers in the 5G era: end-to-end platforms may be the key to success

Caroline Gabriel Principal Analyst, Research

"A leading role in 5G is at stake for major chip providers if they can create an end-to-end platform as networks move to the cloud."

Deploying a RAN on commodity hardware opens the door for merchant processor makers in the 5G market, but comes with the challenge to reduce costs significantly while supporting extremely demanding tasks. Only a few vendors will achieve the end-to-end platform that will make the cloud-RAN economically viable for the whole supply chain.

In this report, we answer the following questions.

  • What are the critical success factors for large chip providers that are entering or defending their position in the 5G market?
  • What will the 5G chip landscape look like, and how will it relate to the broader cloud infrastructure?
  • How can new architecture resolve the conflict between falling network TCO requirements and the rising variety and complexity of network chips?
  • How can NEPs and operators improve their 5G and cloud economics and reduce their overall costs by combining merchant platforms with open-source frameworks?

An end-to-end platform addresses the multiple challenges of the 5G market for chip vendors

An end-to-end platform addresses the multiple challenges of the 5G market for chip vendors


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