Dell’Oro Group claims it is not all downhill for the Global RAN Market
"The RAN market clearly peaked in 2008 in revenue terms and the overall RAN outlook consists of declining revenues. However, we remain extremely optimistic about the role the RAN network will play supporting the on-going digital transformation," said Stefan Pongratz, analyst at the Dell’Oro Group.
"Constantly changing end-user requirements will drive carriers to enhance their mobile broadband networks using both LTE macro and small cells. At the same time, slowing carrier revenue growth will accelerate the need to identify new revenue streams and reduce cost; as a result this will accelerate the shift towards 5G. Strong growth in small cells, moderate growth in LTE, and initial commercial 5G deployments towards the end of the forecast period will undoubtedly create opportunities for both existing players and new entrants," continued Pongratz.
The report also highlights how the uptake of 5G will be far more rapid than 4G. For example, in the second year of commercial deployment, we predict 5G to be approximately twice the level of 4G.