Research and Markets report Global Wireless Network Infrastructure Ecosystem Market 2016-2030 has presented an in-depth assessment of the wireless network infrastructure ecosystem, forecasting wireless network infrastructure investments from 2016 till 2030, the company said.
The ecosystem report examines enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, investment trends, mobile operator revenue potential, regional CapEx commitments, network rollout strategies, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and vendor market share. The forecasts cover nine individual submarkets and six regions.
The term wireless network infrastructure has conventionally been associated with macrocell RAN (Radio Access Network) and mobile core segments of mobile operator networks. The scope of the term is expanding as mobile operators increase their investments in heterogeneous network or HetNet infrastructure such as small cells, carrier wi-fi and DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems), to cope with increasing capacity and coverage requirements.
Mobile operators are keen to shift towards a C-RAN (Centralized RAN) architecture, which centralizes baseband functionality to be shared across a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility and energy efficiency.
Due to a decline in macrocell RAN infrastructure spending, the report estimates that the wireless network infrastructure market will remain relatively flat through 2020, with annual investments of over USD61 billion. The company expects a shift in investments towards small cells, C-RAN, DAS and carrier wi-fi infrastructure. By 2020, these four submarkets, together with their fronthaul and backhaul segments, will account for over 50 percent of all wireless network infrastructure spending.