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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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21 February 2019

Making the mobile enterprise a reality at last?

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    Small cells and shared spectrum forecast to 2025

    Shared spectrum combined with small cell technology will open up every major enterprise to a new era of indoor cellular performance, previously undreamed of, says a new report out this week from Rethink Technology Research.

    The US will pioneer this with CBRS and Rethink forecasts that by 2025, shared spectrum small cells will account for almost half (48%) of total new installations, and CBRS will still represent two-thirds of those, running in both 5G and 4G. The bulk of these will be within enterprise.

    “Small cells and shared spectrum: making the mobile enterprise a reality at last?” shows there could be as many as 3.7 million base stations using shared spectrum installed globally by 2025.

    The report shows best case, worst case and middle case, based on future regulator decisions – Regulators must trigger much of this activity by making clear and early decisions before the end of 2019.

    There is an opportunity here for disruption of MNO business from alternative deployers, as shared spectrum will allow companies who do not own spectrum to build centrally controlled wireless networks of their own for the first time.

    New types of operators, including neutral hosts, cloud providers, cablecos and enterprise integrators, will be able to harness shared spectrum and small cells to deploy specialized capabilities just where they are needed, and so to make a stronger business case for enterprise services than an MNO usually can.

    Companies mentioned in this report:

    Airband TVWS consortium, Airspan, Altice, American Tower, Amazon AWS, Athonet, AT&T, Berkeley Vaitronics, Boingo, BMW, CableLabs, CBRS Alliance, CDE Lightband, Charter Communications, Cisco, Comcast, CommScope, Cox, Crown Castle, Daimler, Dell, Department of Defense, Ericsson, ExteNet, Federated Wireless, FCC, GE, Google, JMA Wireless, LoRa, Mercedes, Microsoft, Mobilitie, Nokia, NTIA, Ruckus Wireless, Samsung, Sigfox, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Volkswagen, WinnForum, Zinwave

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22 November 2018

Will 5G really be so different after all?

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    5G Deployment Trends to 2025

    “While 84% of MNOs aim to deploy a 5G vRAN, only 24% believe they will do that in the first two years.” 

    There are mounting tensions in the 5G world – on the one-hand vendors are emphasizing new business models, and trying to enable them, and on the other, operator spending plans, show they are more worried about sustaining the growth curve on mobile broadband.

    This mismatch will show up in planned Capex expenditure and the order in which operators expect to deploy different aspects of 5G. Early 5G will be all about consumer mobile broadband delivering high speed to the handset, and ignoring new business models.

    RAN Research has forecast 5G deployment trends to 2025 but at the simplest level, has forecast, capex spend on base stations – segmenting the spend between Macro cells and small cells, and the timing on that spend. The report anticipates a small capex peak in the near future, but then business as usual.

    Densification plans are postponed. Previous spending surveys one year ago and two years ago, showed a very different set of priorities among MNOs – and now they are putting densification on the back burner, and instead focusing on mobile broadband. Surprisingly two-thirds of 5G sites deployed in the first two years of commercial roll-out will be macro.

    MNOs are also putting back their plans for virtualization in the RAN, and because fully commercial-grade platforms and open interfaces have not matured as quickly as expected.

    This conservatism will affect equipment purchases, with a greater emphasis on macrocells, complemented by 4G small cells, and a postponed investment, for many, in 5G densification.

    Companies mentioned in this report:

    NTT Docomo, Rakuten, Vodafone, Swisscom, Three UK, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Telecom Italia, Wind Tre, Iliad Italia, Telia Finland, Elisa, DNA, Telecom Infra Project, ORAN Alliance.

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26 June 2018

MNOs look to MEC to deliver 5G class apps

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    Edge Computing Forecast to 2025

    “We expect the first at scale edge compute roll-outs in 2019 and see this accelerating to 2022, when it will hit peak activity”

    Edge compute is one of the biggest topics in the mobile telecoms world as operators approach deployment of 5G.

    Mobile operators need to be chasing MEC (Multi-Access or Mobile Edge Compute) as much as they are 5G. Many 5G revenues streams will rely on MEC being in place. Operators who fail to adopt an early strategy for Edge will struggle.

    Edge revenues will start slowly next year, but accelerate rapidly and by 2025, 45% of MNO central offices will also host edge nodes, together with 18% of macrosites and 15% of outdoor microcells or small cells. This forecast demonstrates that if some form of MEC is not adopted soon then there is little hope that MNOs will be able to cope with video and IoT data requirements which customers are expecting from the new 5G era.

    The installed base of indoor small cell/edge node units will have reached over 1.8m worldwide, up from 36,000 in 2019, a CAGR of 92%. The installed base of central offices with edge nodes will grow at a CAGR of 57%, all of which will happen by 2025. The biggest growth will be in MEC co-located with indoor small cells. These cells will frequently be combined with compute, storage and analytics capabilities to support smart enterprise and smart home services.

    This report not only shows how central MEC is to the thinking of mobile operators, but it explains the choices within MEC, and shows which operators are embracing which MEC architectures, and why. It points to the magnitude of savings which are possible in signaling offload and fronthaul and backhaul.

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