Network cloud infrastructure: worldwide forecast 2021–2026

20 October 2021 | Research

Gorkem Yigit

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (12 slides); Excel | Cloud Infrastructure Strategies

"Network cloud infrastructure spending will reach USD30 billion worldwide by 2026, mainly driven by CSPs' 5G investments in vRAN, the standalone core and network edge."


This report provides software, hardware and professional services forecasts for communications service provider (CSP) spending on network cloud infrastructure for 2020–2026. The market will grow from USD7 billion in 2020 to USD30.1 billion in 2026, at a CAGR of 28%. vRAN will be the fastest growing cloud domain in terms of spending (CAGR 58%) and investments in this area will reach USD12 billion by 2026.

This forecast report and the accompanying data annex provide:

  • a detailed, 6-year worldwide forecast for spending in the network cloud infrastructure market, split into:
    • five main application sub-segments: network cloud hardware, virtual infrastructure management (VIM), container-as-a-service (CaaS), virtualisation layer and DC SDN control
    • two delivery types: product and professional services
    • eight geographical regions: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP), emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP), Latin America (LATAM), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), North America (NA), Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Western Europe (WE)
  • an examination of the key market drivers and how they will affect spending during the forecast period
  • analysis of the business environment and regional dynamics that will influence the network cloud infrastructure market
  • a detailed market definition
  • recommendations for CSPs and vendors.


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