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Three Critical Enablers of 5G: Adoption Patterns in Small Cells, Cloud-RAN and SONs

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Three Critical Enablers of 5G: Adoption Patterns in Small Cells, Cloud-RAN and SONs
Published: March 12, 2018 Content info: 19 Slides
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"Cloud-RAN will be the biggest single opportunity for telco software providers in the 5G era, driven by the technology's ability to reduce operators' TCO and enable new services."

Mobile network operators (MNOs) will look for more efficiency from their forthcoming 5G investments and network capacity growth, while maintaining flat capex budgets. We have identified three key technologies - cloud-RAN, small cells and self-optimising networks (SONs) - that will be popular with MNOs and will help vendors to drive revenue in the next 5 years.

This report answers the following questions.

  • Which technologies are CSPs most likely to invest in as they prepare for 5G?
  • How can vendors take advantage of this emerging new demand, by providing solutions that address MNOs' key requirements?
  • How will SONs, cloud-RAN and small cells work together to create a next-generation mobile platform?
  • What are the drivers or trigger points that will stimulate MNO investment in these technologies, and how can vendors support them?
  • How will the competitive landscape for vendors vary compared to that of the 4G era?

The following vendors have profiles in this report.

  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Electronics
  • ZTE

OPERATOR SPENDING WORLDWIDE BY 5G TECHNOLOGY,
2022, AND CAGR OF SPENDING, 2017-2022

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Caroline Gabriel is a senior contributor to Analysys Mason's Next-Generation Wireless Networks research programme. She contributes to Analysys Mason's published and custom research content and works directly with our research clients to advise them on wireless network trends and market developments. Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years, and has focused entirely on mobile and wireless since 2002. As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a research base and forecast methodology based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators worldwide.

Roberto Kompany (Senior Analyst) is a member of Analysys Mason's Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networksresearch programme focusing on strategy and market research. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market -for example,in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology -in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy, where he helped a varietyof clients worldwide with mobile-related projects, such as a capex reduction and developing a 5-year strategy for an incumbent's wireless infrastructure.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • SMALL CELLS: AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE COVERAGE
  • CLOUD-RAN: USING SOFTWARE TO REINVENT THE RAN
  • SON: REMOVING THE BARRIERS
  • APPENDIX
  • ABOUT THEAUTHORS AND ANALYSYS MASON
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