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Radio access networks: worldwide forecast 2021–2026

19 August 2021 | Research

Caroline Gabriel

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (15 slides); Excel | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"MNO spending in the RAN market will reach USD62.7 billion by 2026 as a result of MNOs deploying 5G networks, improving their non-5G network capacity and coverage and implementing virtual RAN and open RAN."


This report provides forecasts for mobile network operator (MNO) spending on radio access network (RAN) equipment for 2021–2026. Spending on 5G-compatible RAN will increase at a CAGR of 9.9% as MNOs continue to build out their 5G networks. Non-5G spending will fall at CAGR of –15.8% and some 4G/5G spending will shift to virtual RAN (vRAN) and open RAN.

This report provides:

  • a detailed, 6-year worldwide forecast for spending in the RAN market, split into the following:
    • coverage areas: physical and virtual RAN (vRAN), radio technology (5G and non-5G), sites and antennas
    • two delivery types: product and professional services (PS)
    • 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 market
  • a detailed market definition
  • recommendations for MNOs and vendors.


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