Private LTE/5G networks: worldwide trends and forecasts 2021–2026

17 March 2021 | Research

Ibraheem Kasujee Michele Mackenzie

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

"Private LTE/5G networks will generate USD5 billion worldwide in network spend in 2026; the manufacturing sector will account for over 40% of this spending."


This report provides a forecast for the number of private LTE/5G networks that will be deployed between 2021 and 2026 and the corresponding spend (capex and opex) on those networks. It provides a breakdown and analysis of trends by industry sector and by region.


Geographical coverage


Key metrics

  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP) 
  • Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • North America (NA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Western Europe (WE)
  • Worldwide


  • Number of private LTE/5G networks
  • Capex forecast
  • Opex forecast
  • Number of networks and spend (capex and opex) by sector:
    • Manufacturing
    • Transport
    • Mining, oil and gas
    • Utilities
    • Public sector
    • Entertainment and retail
    • Healthcare

For further analysis, see our article here.


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