Cloud Radio Access Network Market Growth, Competitive Analysis, Business Growth

Posted by Animesh Rao on June 3rd, 2021

Market Highlights

The global cloud radio access network is predicted to touch USD 14 billion at a whopping 21% CAGR between 2016- 2022, states the recent Market Research Future (MRFR) analysis. A cloud radio access network or C-RAN, simply put, is architecture for various cellular networks that are based on cloud computing. This is basically a radio access network that supports 2G, 3G, 4G & other emerging wireless communication standards. C-RAN benefits the user in multiple ways by offering low cost, high bandwidth, low latency, and high reliability. Remote radio head (RRH), optical transmission network (OTN), and baseband unit (BBU) are its different components, and its different services include customer service, system integration, and network service. 

Drivers and Restraints

Growing network congestion due to the widespread use of smart devices and reduced spectrum supply over the last five years has increased demand for powerful and improved network infrastructure such as C-RAN. Thus, C-RAN technology provides opportunities to reduce the overall cost of ownership and boost network capacity. In addition, steady measures taken by the governments and network operators across various regions for successful 5 G rollout in the coming years are expected to be a major catalyst for C-RAN rollout. 

5 G technology is expected to increase the pressure on the existing paradigm of infrastructure and network activity. The architecture of the C-RAN uses the small-cell model, which is seen as a promising approach to meeting the 5 G requirements. As a result, increasing steps to check 5 G in countries like China, South Korea, the U.S., and Japan are expected to accelerate the development of the demand for cloud radio access networks. The architecture of the network is on the verge of transition, due to the rising demand for mobile data requirements and the introduction of 5 G technologies. Also, exponentially increasing network traffic and limited availability of spectrum resources are challenging the existing radio network infrastructure. 

Alternatively, the requirement for high bandwidth in the fronthaul link is observed as a significant challenge that is anticipated to impede the cloud radio access network market growth over the forecast period. This could be attained with a fiber optical cable; however, its deployment cost is relatively higher that may prove as an overhead for mobile network providers. 

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The MRFR report highlights an inclusive segmental analysis of the global cloud radio access network market based on component and service.

By component, the global cloud radio access network market is segmented into remote radio head (RRH), optical transmission network (OTN), and baseband unit (BBU). Of these, the remote radio head segment will lead the market over the forecast period.

By service, the global cloud radio access network market is segmented into customer service, system integration, and network service.

Regional Analysis

The geographical overview of the global market has been conducted in four major regions, including the Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and the rest of the world Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. 

The increasing popularity of smartphones, tablets, and others have driven the market of Cloud Radio Access Network in the Région Asia-Pacific. The Asia-Pacific area is projected to dominate the forecast period in the cloud radio access network market due to the growing investment in network storage space for cloud radio. The study shows that most Asian mobile operators have already been working on cloud radio access network solutions in the R&D process. The demand for the Cloud Radio Access Network is also projected to expand steadily over the forecast period in regions across Europe and Latin America. Increased coverage, increased number of devices available at a wider variety of price points, and increasing use of music and video streaming services are only a few factors that cause 4 G services to be adopted. This increased demand for better data is likely to boost the deployment of cloud RAN in the region. 

Competitive Analysis

The key market players operating in the global market as identified by MRFR are Intel (U.S.), Xilinx, Inc. (U.S.), Agilent Technologies (U.S.), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (China), Alcatel-Lucent S.A. (France), Ericsson (Sweden), International Business Machines Corporation (U.S.), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), NEC Corporation (Japan), Hitachi, Ltd. (Japan), ZTE Corporation (China), among others.

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Cloud Radio Access Network Market, By Component (Baseband unit (BBU), Optical transmission network (OTN) and Remote radio head (RRH)), By Service (Network Service, System Integration, Customer service) - Forecast 2022

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