Research Predicts ‘Relatively Flat’ Wireless Infrastructure Market to 2020


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smallcell1SNS Research, a telecom market research company predicts the wireless infrastructure market will remain relatively flat through 2020. In a just published research report, SNS bases this prediction on the “decline in macro cell RAN infrastructure spending” and a “significant shift toward small cells, C-RAN, DAS and carrier WiFi infrastructure.”

The report predicts average annual investments in the infrastructure market to be more than $61 billion per year until 2020. The small cell, C-RAN, DAS and WiFi submarkets, with their combined fronthaul and backhaul segments, will comprise 50% of this spending by decade’s end.

The report also found mobile operators will turn increasingly toward a C-RAN (Centralize RAN) architecture, “which centralizes baseband functionality to be shared across a large number of distributed radio nodes.”     

Among other statistics, SNS believes LTE networks will generate close to $800 billion in annual service revenue by 2020, due to “large scale deployments.” Also, SNS predicted a rise in HetNet solutions spending as a way to quicken and automate future deployments.

For access to the report, please click here.                

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