Network cloud infrastructure: worldwide forecast 2020–2025

01 December 2020 | Research

Gorkem Yigit

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (16 slides); Excel | Cloud Infrastructure Strategies

"Network cloud infrastructure spending will reach USD17 billion by 2025, mainly driven by CSP 5G investments in vRAN, core and network edge."


This report provides software, hardware and professional services forecasts for communications service provider (CSP) spending on network cloud infrastructure for 2020–2025. The market will grow from USD2.1 billion in 2019 to USD17.1 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 42%. 5G and cloud-native technologies will be the main drivers of this spending. vRAN will be the fastest growing cloud domain in terms of spending (CAGR 129%) and investments in this area will reach USD4.7 billion by 2025.

This forecast report provides:

  • a detailed, 6-year worldwide forecast for spending in the network cloud infrastructure market, split into:
    • five main sub-segments:
      • network cloud hardware (compute, storage and networking)
      • virtualisation layer
      • DC SDN control
      • virtual infrastructure management (VIM)
      • containers-as-a-service (CaaS)
    • four cloud domains: mobile core cloud, vRAN cloud, network edge cloud and enterprise v/uCPE
    • 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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Gorkem Yigit

Research Director