The LTE, LTE-Advanced & 5G Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Infrastructure, Devices, Operator Services, Verticals, Strategies & Forecasts

Release Date: September 2016

Number of Pages: 399

Number of Tables and Figures: 283

Synopsis: As a natural upgrade path for mobile operators from the previously detached GSM, CDMA and TD-SCDMA ecosystems, LTE has emerged as the first truly global mobile communications standard. Commonly marketed as the “4G” standard, LTE promises to provide higher data rates and lower latency at a much lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) than 3G technologies.

The TCO and performance is further enhanced by deployment of small cells and the LTE-Advanced standard, which improves performance and data rates using features such as the aggregation of carriers, interference management and advanced antenna techniques.

With over 500 fully commercial network launches, LTE has become a mainstream technology, and a number of mobile operators have already deployed LTE-Advanced technology. SNS Research estimates that LTE service revenues will account for over $600 Billion in 2016. The figure is further expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% over the next four years.

While LTE and LTE-Advanced deployments are still underway, mobile operators and vendors have already embarked on R&D initiatives to develop so-called “5G” networks, with a vision of commercialization by 2020. 5G is essentially a revolutionary paradigm shift in wireless networking to support the throughput, latency, and scalability requirements of future use cases such as extreme bandwidth augmented reality applications and connectivity management for Billions of M2M (Machine to Machine) devices.

By 2020, LTE and 5G infrastructure investments are expected to account for a market worth $32 Billion. This includes spending on distributed macrocells, small cells, C-RAN architecture equipment and mobile core solutions.

The “LTE, LTE-Advanced & 5G Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Infrastructure, Devices, Operator Services, Verticals, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G ecosystem including key market drivers, challenges, technologies, service revenue potential, deployment strategies, vertical market opportunities, mobile operator case studies, R&D initiatives, future roadmap, value chain, vendor assessment and market share. The report also tracks revenue and shipments for both infrastructure and devices, along with subscription and service revenue from 2016 through to 2030.

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

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Key Findings:

The report has the following key findings:

  • In 2016, mobile operators will pocket over $600 Billion from commercial LTE service revenues. The figure is further expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% over the next four years.
  • More than 150 LTE operators have already deployed carrier aggregation technology. By 2020, over 50% of all LTE subscribers will be supported by LTE-Advanced networks.
  • Mobile operators are pursuing a range of technologies including unlicensed LTE (LTE-U, LAA, LWA, MulteFire), VoLTE and eMBMS, as they seek to maximize the value of their LTE investments while addressing mobile data traffic growth.
  • Although 5G is yet to be standardized, vendors are aggressively investing in 5G development efforts with a principal focus on new air interface transmission schemes, higher frequency bands and advanced antenna technologies such as Massive MIMO and beamforming.
  • By 2020, LTE and 5G infrastructure investments are expected to account for a market worth $32 Billion. This includes spending on distributed macrocells, small cells, C-RAN architecture equipment and mobile core solutions.

Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:

  • LTE/LTE-Advanced technology and market status
  • 5G technology and R&D commitments
  • Market drivers and barriers
  • TCO comparison with legacy technologies
  • LTE/5G infrastructure, devices, subscriptions and service revenue
  • Infrastructure and device vendor share
  • Antenna systems, RAN, mobile core, backhaul and fronthaul deployment strategies
  • Mobile operator reviews, service models, pricing strategies and LTE/5G deployment case studies
  • Unlicensed LTE, VoLTE, RCS, eMBMS and M2M services
  • Vertical markets for LTE/5G networks
  • Industry roadmap and value chain
  • Company profiles and strategies of over 90 ecosystem players including infrastructure vendors, device OEMs and mobile operators
  • Market analysis and forecasts from 2016 till 2030

Forecast Segmentation:

Market forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:

  • LTE/5G Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
    • Distributed Macrocell Base Stations
    • Small Cells
    • RRHs (Remote Radio Heads)
    • C-RAN BBUs (Centralized RAN Baseband Units)
    • Mobile Core
  • LTE/5G Device Shipments & Revenue
    • Handsets
    • Tablets
    • Embedded M2M Modules
    • USB Dongles
    • Routers
  • LTE/5G Subscriptions and Service Revenue
    • FDD LTE
    • TD-LTE
    • 5G
  • Private LTE/5G Infrastructure Revenue
    • Public Safety
    • Military
    • Energy & Utilities
    • Transportation
    • Mining & Others
  • Regional Markets
    • Asia Pacific
    • Eastern Europe
    • Latin & Central America
    • Middle East & Africa
    • North America
    • Western Europe

Key Questions Answered:

The report provides answers to the following key questions:

  • How big is the LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G ecosystem?
  • How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • Who are the key infrastructure and device vendors, and what are their strategies?
  • How will FDD LTE investments compare with TD-LTE?
  • What is the outlook for LTE-Advanced adoption?
  • What are the future prospects for unlicensed LTE, VoLTE and eMBMS services?
  • Will future network rollouts adopt a C-RAN architecture?
  • How will NFV and virtualization affect the EPC market?
  • What opportunities exist for small cells and how will their proliferation impact the wider LTE/5G infrastructure market?
  • How much are vendors and operators investing in 5G R&D efforts?
  • What will be the number of 5G subscriptions in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • What are the prospects of millimeter wave technology for 5G radio access networking?

List of Companies Mentioned:

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

3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)


Abu Dhabi Police

Accelerated Concepts



Affirmed Networks

Airspan Networks



Altiostar Networks


Arcadyan Technology Corporation



Artemis Networks


ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute)

ASUS (ASUSTeK Computer)


AT&T Mobility


Axxcelera Broadband Wireless


BBK Electronics Corporation

Beach Energy

Belkin International


Brocade Communications Systems

BT Group

Busan Transportation Corporation

Casa Systems

China Mobile

China Southern Power Grid

Cisco Systems






Core Network Dynamics

Datang Group

Datang Mobile

D-Link Corporation


DT (Deutsche Telekom)

Eden Rock Communications




ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)


Fraunhofer Fokus


Gemtek Technology Company


General Dynamics Corporation

General Dynamics Mission Systems



GWT (Global Wireless Technologies)

Harris County


Home Office, UK

HTC Corporation


IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force)


ITU (International Telecommunication Union)

ITU-R (ITU Radiocommunication Sector)

JRC (Japan Radio Company)

Juni Global

KDDI Corporation

KT Corporation

Kumu Networks

Kyocera Corporation

Lemko Corporation


LG Electronics

LG Uplus


LTE-U Forum

Luminate Wireless


Mavenir Systems



Microsoft Corporation

Mitel Networks Corporation

MOF (Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, South Korea)

Moseley Associates

Motorola Mobility

Motorola Solutions

MPSS (Ministry of Public Safety and Security, South Korea)

MulteFire Alliance

NEC Corporation

NEC Mobile Communications


New Postcom Equipment Company

Nokia Networks

Novatel Wireless


NuRAN Wireless


O3b Networks

Oceus Networks



Panasonic Corporation


Parallel Wireless


Polaris Networks

Potevio (China Potevio Company)

Qatar MOI (Ministry of Interior)


Quanta Computer



Redline Communications

Ruckus Wireless

Samji Electronics Company

Samsung Electronics

Samsung Group

SerComm Corporation


Sharp Corporation

Sierra Wireless


SK Telecom

SK Telesys

SoftBank Group

Sony Mobile Communications

SpiderCloud Wireless


Sprint Corporation

Star Solutions

STC (Saudi Telecom Company)

Sunnada (Fujian Sunnada Communication Company)


TCL Communication


TEKTELIC Communications

Telrad Networks



TEN (Texas Energy Network)

T-Mobile USA


U.S. Navy

UQ Communications

Verizon Communications

Verizon Wireless


Vodacom Group

Vodafone Group

Wi-Fi Alliance

WNC (Wistron NeWeb Corporation)


Z-com (ZDC Wireless)


ZyXEL Communications Corporation