Radio access networks: worldwide forecast 2020–2025

09 March 2021 | Research

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (17 pages) | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"MNO spending on products in the RAN market will grow to reach USD41.3 billion in 2025 as MNOs deploy 5G networks, improve their non-5G network capacity and coverage, and implement vRAN."


This report provides forecasts for mobile network operator (MNO) spending on radio access network (RAN) equipment and professional services for 2020–2025. Spending on 5G-compatible RAN equipment will increase at a CAGR of 11.4% as MNOs continue to build out their 5G networks. Non-5G spending will fall at CAGR of –13% and some 4G/5G spending will shift to virtual RAN (vRAN) and site improvements.

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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