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Mobile capex: worldwide trends and forecast 2018–2026

18 August 2020 | Research

Roberto Kompany

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (18 slides); Excel | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"Mobile capex will grow by only 2.2% year-on-year in 2020 to USD167.5 billion due to COVID-19; it will reach USD170.3 billion by 2026 (at a CAGR of 1.7%)."


This is a comprehensive forecast of every aspect of mobile capex. This report provides an invaluable analysis of the key trends in mobile capex for operators, vendors and investors, at a time when fast-moving operators are preparing to migrate their networks to standalone (SA) architecture and accelerate nationwide 5G build-outs, and many operators in emerging markets are starting their initial 5G deployments using non-standalone (NSA) architecture.

This report answers the following questions.

  • How quickly will capex spending in 5G grow across different global regions and individual markets?
  • Which elements of operator capex will decline by 2026, and will there be new areas that are attracting increased investments?
  • What will be the RAN revenue mix for vendors as operators plan and deploy new networks, particularly virtual RAN?
  • Which markets represent the most promising opportunities for vendors in terms of mobile technology coverage expansion?
  • To what extent can capex spending grow in emerging markets across the globe?


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