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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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    Sample: 5G in mmWave
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  • 2022
  • Sep
    Industrial 5G
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      Key Takeaways:
      Vodafone, Nokia and BMW trial indoor 5G
      positioning in smart factory
      Bosch looks to 5GAdvanced to address
      disillusionment with industrial 5G
      BT expands its activities in industrial and
      agricultural cellular services

      Produced by:
      Caroline Gabriel, Phil Hunter and Luc Braun

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  • Aug
    Private Networks Driving Opportunities in 5G and WiFi
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      Private Network deployments are now surging and will continue to accelerate at a higher rate than public 5G deployments. And by 2028 Private 5G Networks sales and services will generate almost $24 Billion in revenue, while WiFi (5,6E) will see a surge to $2.5 billion by 2025.

      Rethink through surveys, and in-depth interviews has discussed deployments of Private Networks with 85 network operators, and 110 enterprises, who are looking to deploy private 5G networks.

      This RAN Research forecast gives a global snapshot of Private Networks and lays out the potential deployments and revenue, with regional and industry vertical breakdowns.

      Operators, and new service providers compete to deploy private networks and generate new revenue streams, while enterprises, citing control and security look to bypass them and deploy their own networks.  At the same time existing technology providers face off with new providers, who are joining the fray on the back of Open RAN.

      The analysis dives into the coexistence and collaboration debate, looks at the impact of Open RAN, the potential for HetNets, spectrum and its use cases, existing technologies, and innovations that will drive Private Network opportunities, whilst analysing the drivers and barriers to deployment.

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  • Aug
    Emerging 6G enablers
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      Emerging 6G enablers

      Key Takeaways:


      ETSI pushes forward F5G to keep fiber in line with nextgen cellular

      Cohere has 6G hopes for its advanced modulation

      Consumer IoT may rally around new Matter protocol

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  • Jun
    Small cells and edge - a key 5G business opportunity
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      There is a logical convergence of infrastructure build-out between edge cloud and telecoms connectivity, and there is a particular alignment with 5G, which combines high bandwidth with full mobility, as well as an inherently low-latency air interface that enhances the effect of edge compute on response times.

      Given the distributed nature of the edge, especially to serve enterprises with on-premise or near-premise infrastructure, the obvious correlation, in terms of build-out and investment, is with small cells and, increasingly, with private networks. That raises a series of opportunities and key decisions for all kinds of operators – not just established telcos and mobile network operators (MNOs), but the emerging breed of enterprise-focused private network operators (PNOs) and neutral hosts. All these categories were represented in the survey of 5G deployers that Rethink Technology Research conducted in the second quarter of 2022, eliciting response from one or more senior executives within 85 different companies.

      In the latest report from Caroline Gabriel, Rethink’s Co-Founder and Research Director entitled ‘Small cells and Edge: a key 5G business opportunity’, there was a clear distinction between operators’ attitudes to edge cloud ownership if they planned to use it primarily to support their own network functions, to support enterprise applications, or to support consumer services for their established user bases

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  • Jun
    5G use cases broaden
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      5G use cases broaden


      Key Takeaways:

      Satellite SMS on smartphones heralds support for voice and data later

      Apple and TMobile signal game over for
      Physical SIM in the USA
      Ericsson and Nokia joust to cut the best 5G slice

      5G has become key selling point for device
      makers and operators

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      Caroline Gabriel, Phil Hunter and Luc Braun

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  • May
    5G is not everything
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      5G is not everything

      Key Takeaways:

      MediaTek releases 5G chipset but Wifi 7
      capability steals the show
      Sierra Wireless promotes WiFi/5G coexistence for new use cases

      As Rakuten shows, 4G is still expanding in
      developed economies

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