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Changes to the RAN ecosystem: MNOs should look beyond traditional vendors, but tread with care

25 March 2019 | Research

Roberto Kompany

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (6 slides) | Next-Generation Wireless Networks


"MNOs are looking beyond leading RAN vendors to reduce 5G RAN deployment costs, and are collaborating with start-ups that are developing new initiatives based on non-proprietary architecture."

RAN capex was previously anticipated to fall by 20% in the 2020s, but vendor consolidations and the need for a higher density of sites to meet mobile data traffic growth has offset the cost benefits delivered by virtualisation activities. However, mobile network operators (MNOs) can collaborate with start-ups that are working on new non-proprietary RAN architecture to drive down capex, but they must be aware of the risks.

This report provides:

  • recommendations for both MNOs and start-up vendors regarding collaborations and the creation of win-win scenarios to capture new opportunities
  • a discussion about the challenges that MNOs face as they plan 5G network roll-outs
  • a forecast of the total mobile capex and the 4G and 5G RAN capex
  • an analysis of RAN vendors’ market share by revenue
  • an analysis of the barriers that MNOs face when trying to use open platforms including non-proprietary architecture
  • an overview of what start-ups should do to reduce barriers and mitigate risks.

USD 1499

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