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Radio access networks and small cells: worldwide market shares 2018

11 September 2019 | Research

Roberto Kompany

Market share report | PPTX and PDF (19 slides); Excel | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"MNOs in developed markets continued to invest in 4G networks in 2018 as the underlying capacity layer for 5G."

This report provides market share data for mobile network operator (MNO) spending on telecoms-specific radio access network (RAN) products and product-related services for 2018. It provides revenue details for RAN, 5G RAN and small cells. The report also includes 'snapshots' of information about the leading vendors in the market.

RAN total revenue by vendor, worldwide, 2018


Key developments in the RAN and small-cells market in 2018

  • MNOs in developed markets continued to invest in 4G networks as the underlying capacity layer for 5G. MNOs in more-advanced markets (such as Finland, South Korea and the USA) launched 5G networks on a small scale.
  • The overall revenue from RAN products and product-related services grew by about 6.6% year-on-year in 2018, mainly due to RAN equipment revenue growth.
  • Spending on product-related services formed a large share of the total RAN revenue. Many operators spend on site design and optimisation, particularly during the initial stages of a new radio access technology roll-out, when the relevant skills do not exist in-house.


Key questions answered in this report

What was the overall size of the RAN market for the telecoms industry and what drove this spending among MNOs?
What was the overall size of 5G RAN market, despite the small number of commercial deployments?
What was the overall size of the small cells market?
Who are the major vendors and what is their share of revenue in the RAN and small cells market?

RAN total revenue by type, worldwide, 2018


Who should read this report

  • Vendors and executives in operator CTO offices that are responsible for network deployments.
  • Vendor strategy teams that need to understand who the market competitors are and what their market position is.
  • MNOs' CFOs, strategy executives and CxOs.
  • The investment community.


Company coverage

  • Airspan
  • Altiostar
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies



  • Mavenir
  • NEC
  • Nokia
  • Parallel Wireless


  • Samsung Electronics
  • SpiderCloud (Corning)
  • ZTE

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