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RAN Research

RAN Research releases 6 forecasts a year, covering Small cells, the structure of 5G, Optimization and SON, Macro Layer RAN, Cloud RAN and Mobile Edge Computing.

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    The RAN Research arm of Rethink Technology Research is an essential reading for anyone who wants to stay on top of current trends and thinking among MNOs.  It’s like being a fly on the wall in their planning meetings and is based on questions MNOs have answered about their planned and future expenditure.

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  • 2023
  • Feb
    Automotive C-V2X - A 5 year forecast looking at the adoption of C-V2X and the technologies involved
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  • Jan
    Global spectrum framework critical to 5G success.
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      Spectrum Debates Key Takeaways –

      • New year, but the same thorny spectrum debates continue
      • Millimeter wave regains momentum with Mexican wave of deployments
      • Australia blocks mobile asset sharing deal between Telstra and TPG
      • French regulator’s plan to revitalize industrial 5G slowly blossoms
      • India seeks spectrum compromise between enterprises and operators

      Produced by The Wireless Team (Caroline Gabriel, Phil Hunter and Luc Braun

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  • 2022
  • Dec
    Next steps for NEPs
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      Key Takeaways:
      In the biggest markets, the 5G contracts are
      staying with the incumbents
      Samsung and MIT are the latest to push the 6G accelerator

      NEPs will retain power if they can make 5G
      release 18 truly meaningful
      Nokia and Ericsson announce mixed results,
      overshadowed by margin drop

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      Caroline Gabriel, Phil Hunter and Luc Braun

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  • Dec
    5G Network Slicing Forecast to 2029
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      5G Network Slicing Forecast to 2029

      The forecast shows there are growing opportunities in enterprises, within private networks, and with operators, within public macro networks.  Growth is also shown via the consumer side through the provision of services dedicated to use cases such as UHD video delivery, conferencing and mobile gaming.

      Early growth will be concentrated in the enterprise, led by six key sectors that will propel revenues associated with slicing almost from a standing start to $16bn by 2029.

      Network slicing is a work in progress in three primary stages from a technological and functional standpoint. These Rethink defines as static, targeted and dynamic slices, which are three categories forecast separately for traffic levels and revenue in this report.

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  • Nov
    Automation of the RAN: The Operators Playbook to vRAN and Open RAN
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      Rethink conducted extensive stakeholder interviews of operators, vendors, infrastructure service providers and cloud companies and used this information together with 15 years of refined data from operator surveys as a foundation for this report.  The global panel of MNOs discuss their network adoption plans, technologies and economics in relation to RAN automation, including vRAN and Open RAN.

      The report and forecast dives into operator strategies, and discusses key drivers, and barriers to automating the RAN, and predicts the intensity with which MNOs will reduce OPEX in the next two years, as recession looms and inflation rises.

      The report investigates the many challenges, both organizational, and cultural, that MNOs face to make the decisions needed. Which new RAN architectures will be deployed and when, and the RIC use cases. The report puts you in the room with the operators to understand their strategies.

      “Rethink forecasts that MNOs will spend $32bn from 2022 to 2026, and of that $7bn will go on RAN automation. Of that forecast amount $3bn will be spent on components related to vRAN or Open RAN, showing that most MNOs’ RAN automation strategies will be closely linked with vRAN and/or Open RAN.”

      MNOs are looking at automation, not just as a necessary step for vRAN, but as a way of reducing OPEX, especially those with a large NOC. Some MNOs aim to reduce NOC operating cost by a factor of up to 20%, and some have already taken these steps.

      But automation of the RAN delivers more than just reduced OPEX, it also allows MNOs to deploy an agile and responsive cloud-based network that will allow introduction of new services, whilst adapting to changes in traffic and customer demand.

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  • Oct
    New RAN models
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      Key Takeaways:
      Federated Wireless joins subscriptionbased
      private wireless field
      Telco cloud struggles to deliver on early promise amid recreation of silos

      A lovehate relationship with integrators emerges in private Open RAN


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      Caroline Gabriel, Phil Hunter and Luc Braun

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