The C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Release Date: January 2016
Number of Pages: 250
Number of Tables and Figures: 80

Synopsis: Centralized RAN or C-RAN is an architectural shift in RAN (Radio Access Network) design, where the bulk of baseband processing is centralized and aggregated for a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility, smaller deployment footprint and reduced power consumption.

Although Japan and South Korea continue to spearhead commercial C-RAN investments, interest is also growing in other parts of the world. Mobile operators such as China Mobile, Orange, Verizon and Sprint are already investing in the technology.

SNS Research estimates that global investments on C-RAN architecture networks will reach over $7 Billion by the end of 2016. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 20% between 2016 and 2020. These investments will include spending on RRHs (Remote Radio Heads), BBUs (Baseband Units) and fronthaul transport networking gear.

The “C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Ecosystem: 2016 - 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the C-RAN ecosystem including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models,  operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for C-RAN infrastructure investments from 2016 till 2030. The forecasts cover 3 individual submarkets and 6 regions.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.


For a sample of the report or any further inquiries please contact info@snstelecom.com

Pricing: The report is available for the following price: 

Single User License: USD 2,500

Company Wide License: USD 3,500


Key Findings:
The report has the following key findings:
  • Expected to surpass $7 Billion in global spending by the end of 2016,         C-RAN is increasingly becoming the preferred approach to deploy future mobile networks for both macro and small cell coverage. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 20% between 2016 and 2020.
  • To alleviate stringent fronthaul requirements, an increasing number of C-RAN solutions are now utilizing RRHs with baseband capabilities, allowing some intelligence (primarily Layer 1 and Layer 2) to be distributed among RRHs, with Layer 3 functionality residing at centralized BBUs.
  • The ongoing 5G race is expected to significantly boost C-RAN investments over the coming years. SNS Research estimates that over $1 Billion of all C-RAN architecture network investments will be directed towards 5G networks by the end of 2020.
  • At present, most virtualized Cloud RAN investments are limited to trials and demonstrations. However, by the end of 2020, we expect that virtualized BBUs will account for over 6% of all C-RAN BBU investments.


Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:
  • C-RAN ecosystem
  • Market drivers and barriers
  • Key architectural components (RRH, BBU and fronthaul)
  • Competing RAN architectures including traditional macrocell base stations, small cells and DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems)
  • Key trends including baseband functional splitting, enterprise C-RAN, Cloud RAN, MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) and RANaaS (RAN as a Service)
  • Fronthaul networking technologies and interface options
  • C-RAN deployment models and mobile operator case studies
  • Regulatory landscape and standardization
  • Industry roadmap and value chain
  • Profiles and strategies of over 120 leading ecosystem players including enabling technology providers, radio equipment suppliers, BBU vendors, fronthaul networking vendors and mobile operators
  • Strategic recommendations for ecosystem players including C-RAN solution providers and mobile operators
  • Market analysis and forecasts from 2016 till 2030

Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation:
Market forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:
  • Air Interface Technology
    • 3G & LTE
    • 5G
  • Submarkets
    • RRH (Remote Radio Head)
    • BBU (Baseband Unit)
    • Fronthaul
  • RRH Deployment Model
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
  • Fronthaul Technology
    • Dedicated Fiber
    • WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing)
    • OTN (Optical Transport Network)
    • PON (Passive Optical Network)
    • Ethernet
    • Microwave
    • Millimeter Wave
  • Regional Markets
    • Asia Pacific
    • Eastern Europe
    • Middle East & Africa
    • Latin & Central America
    • North America
    • Western Europe

Key Questions Answered:
The report provides answers to the following key questions:
  • How big is the C-RAN opportunity?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • Which submarkets will see the highest percentage of growth?
  • How can C-RAN facilitate the management of interference and LTE-Advanced features such as CoMP (Coordinated Multi-Point)?
  • What are the prospects of wireless fronthaul technologies?
  • Is Ethernet a feasible solution for fronthaul networking?
  • How big is the market for virtualized Cloud RAN networks?
  • Who are the key market players and what are their strategies?
  • What strategies should C-RAN solution providers and mobile operators adopt to remain competitive?

List of Companies Mentioned:
The following companies and organizations have been reviewed, discussed or mentioned in the report:

3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
6WIND
Absolute Analysis
Accelink Technologies
ADLINK Technology
ADTRAN
ADVA Optical Networking
Advantech
Airspan Networks
Airvana
Alcatel-Lucent
Altera Corporation
Altiostar Networks
Amarisoft
América Móvil Group
Anite
Anritsu Corporation
Aquantia
ARM Holdings
Artemis Networks
Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Artiza Networks
ASOCS
ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute)
Avago Technologies
Aviat Networks
Axxcelera Broadband Wireless (Moseley Associates)
BLiNQ Networks
Blu Wireless Technology
BluWan
BridgeWave Communications
Broadcom Corporation
Cambium Networks
Cavium
CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd.)
CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems)
Ceragon
China Mobile
China Telecom
Ciena Corporation
Cisco Systems
Cobham Wireless
Coherent Logix
Comcores ApS
CommAgility
CommScope
Connectem
ConteXtream
Coriant
Corning
Cyan
Dali Wireless
Datang Mobile
Dish Network
DragonWave
eASIC Corporation
E-Band Communications (Moseley Associates)
EBlink
Eden Rock Communications
Eoptolink Technology
Ericsson
ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)
Exalt Communications
EXFO
Extreme Networks
EZchip Semiconductor
FastBack Networks
Finisar Corporation
Freescale Semiconductor
Fujitsu
GigaLight (Shenzhen Gigalight Technology Company)
GlobalFoundaries
HFR
HG Genuine
Hisense (Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technology)
Hitachi
Huawei
IDT (Integrated Device Technology)
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
IMEC International
Infinera
InnoLight Technology Corporation
Intel Corporation
InterDigital
Intracom Telecom
ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
Ixia
JMA Wireless
JRC (Japan Radio Company)
Kathrein-Werke KG
Keysight Technologies
Kisan Telecom
KMW
KT Corporation
Lattice Semiconductor
LG Uplus
LightPointe Communications
Lumentum
Macom (M/A-COM Technology Solutions)
MAX4G
MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum)
Mellanox Technologies
Microsemi Corporation
Microwave Networks
MIMOon
MIMOtech
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Mobiveil
Molex
MTI Mobile
NEC Corporation
NetScout Systems
NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance
Nokia Networks
NTT DoCoMo
Nutaq
NXP Semiconductors
Octasic
OE Solutions
Orange
Overture Networks
Parallel Wireless
PMC-Sierra
Potevio (China Potevio Company)
Proxim Wireless Corporation
QEOS
Qualcomm
Qwilt
Radisys Corporation
RADWIN
Rearden
Red Hat
Saguna Networks
SAI Technology
Samji Electronics Company
Samsung Electronics
Sarokal Test Systems
Siklu
SK Telecom
Small Cell Forum
SoftBank Mobile
SOLiD (SOLiD Technologies)
Source Photonics
SpiderCloud Wireless
Sprint
Sub10 Systems
Sumitomo Electric Industries
Sunnada (Fujian Sunnada Communication Company)
Sunwave Communications
Tarana Wireless
TE Connectivity
TEKTELIC Communications
Telco Systems
Telecom Italia
Telefónica
TI (Texas Instruments)
Transmode
UN (United Nations)
Verizon Wireless
Viavi Solutions
Vodafone Group
Vubiq Networks
Wind River
Xelic
Xilinx
ZTE

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