Radio access networks: worldwide forecast 2020–2028

03 February 2023 | Research

Caroline Gabriel | Grace Langham

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (12 slides); Excel | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"Vendors must expand their service offerings to generate revenue growth as they wait for the large-scale take-up of new 5G architecture."


This report provides forecasts for addressable revenue for vendors in the radio access network (RAN) sector for 2020–2028. The RAN market is in a state of considerable flux, driven by 5G and the start of the migration to standalone and virtualised architectures, as well as massive MIMO. All these changes will create revenue growth opportunities for the ecosystem, but will also require new approaches to deployment, integration and services.

This report provides:

  • a detailed worldwide forecast for spending in the RAN market, split into the following:
    • three site types: macro, micro and small cell
    • four architecture types: integrated, centralised, virtualised and Open RAN
    • two network types: 5G and non-5G
    • four product types: antennas, basebands, xNFs and cloud infrastructure
    • 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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Caroline Gabriel

Research Director, expert in network and cloud strategies and architecture