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C-RAN equipment market to exceed $10 billion by 2018

Posted: 17 Dec 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:C-RAN  BBUs  RRHs  LTE 

Infonetics Research has made available the excerpts from its C-RAN Architecture Equipment Market Outlook. The report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis and trends for base band unit (BBU) and remote radio head (RRH) centralised RAN (C-RAN) equipment revenue and units.

"Centralised RAN (C-RAN) is a reality, but very localised in two Asian countries, Japan and South Korea, which share much in common: absence of 2G, high density, fibre ubiquity and a strong appetite for innovation," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

Based on the report, site engineering and antenna site simplification lead to less and smaller equipment, lower power consumption, better radio performance, LTE-Advanced readiness and agile and flexible network topologies. The worldwide C-RAN architecture equipment market is forecast to top $10 billion by 2018, up from about $4 billion in 2012, fuelled by RAN expansion in the West and the beginning of 5G rollouts in Japan and South Korea.

BBUs account for 62 per cent of overall C-RAN revenue, as they are the most expensive component of this type of architecture. The top three vendors in the C-RAN market are, in alphabetical order, Ericsson, Nokia Networks and Samsung.

The outlook also includes a C-RAN Deployment Tracker that shows C-RAN announcements and major developments by region, country, service provider and strategy. The report tracks C-RAN gear made by Eblink, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Networks, Samsung, Solid and ZTE.

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