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The C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Published: Jan-2016 | Format: PDF | SNS Telecom & IT | Number of pages: 250 | Code: MRS - 43990

Centralized RAN or C-RAN is an architectural shift in RAN (Radio Access Network) design, where the bulk of baseband processing is centralized and aggregated for a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility, smaller deployment footprint and reduced power consumption.

Although Japan and South Korea continue to spearhead commercial C-RAN investments, interest is also growing in other parts of the world. Mobile operators such as China Mobile, Orange, Verizon and Sprint are already investing in the technology.

SNS Research estimates that global investments on C-RAN architecture networks will reach over $7 Billion by the end of 2016. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 20% between 2016 and 2020. These investments will include spending on RRHs (Remote Radio Heads), BBUs (Baseband Units) and fronthaul transport networking gear.

The “C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Ecosystem: 2016 - 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the C-RAN ecosystem including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models,  operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for C-RAN infrastructure investments from 2016 till 2030. The forecasts cover 3 individual submarkets and 6 regions.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.

1 Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation
1.4 Key Questions Answered
1.5 Key Findings
1.6 Methodology
1.7 Target Audience
1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned
 
2 Chapter 2: An Overview of C-RAN
2.1 What is C-RAN?
2.1.1 Decoupling the Base Station
2.1.2 Brief History
2.2 Competing RAN Architectures
2.2.1 Traditional Macrocells
2.2.2 Small Cells
2.2.3 DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems)
2.3 Key Architectural Components for C-RAN
2.3.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
2.3.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
2.3.3 Fronthaul
2.4 Baseband Functional Split Approaches
2.4.1 Fully Centralized Baseband Processing
2.4.2 Partially Centralized: RRH with L1 & L2 Baseband Capabilities
2.5 Fronthaul Interface Options
2.5.1 CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface)
2.5.2 OBSAI (Open Base Station Architecture Initiative)
2.5.3 ORI (Open Radio Interface)
2.5.4 Ethernet
2.6 Cloud RAN: Virtualizing C-RAN
2.6.1 Leveraging Commodity Technologies
2.6.2 Moving RAN to the Cloud
2.7 Market Growth Drivers
2.7.1 Capacity & Coverage Improvement: Addressing the Mobile Data Traffic Tsunami
2.7.2 Towards Greener RANs: Cost Efficiency & Energy Savings
2.7.3 Agile & Flexible Network Architecture
2.7.4 Enhanced Support for LTE-Advanced Features
2.7.5 The Benefits of Virtualization
2.7.6 Impact of 5G Rollouts
2.8 Market Barriers
2.8.1 Fronthaul Investments
2.8.2 Virtualization Challenges
2.8.3 Migration from Legacy Architectures
 
3 Chapter 3: Standardization & Regulatory Initiatives
3.1 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
3.2 ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)
3.2.1 ORI for Fronthaul
3.2.2 NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) for Cloud RAN
3.2.3 MEC (Mobile Edge Computing)
3.3 NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance
3.3.1 P-CRAN (Project Centralized RAN)
3.4 Small Cell Forum
3.4.1 Release 5.1: Small Cell Virtualization
3.5 MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum)
3.5.1 Ethernet Transport
3.6 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
3.6.1 IEEE 802.1CM: Time-Sensitive Networking for Fronthaul
3.6.2 IEEE P1904.3: Standard for RoE (Radio over Ethernet) Encapsulations and Mappings
3.6.3 Other Standards & Work Groups
3.7 ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
3.7.1 Focus Group on IMT-2020
 
4 Chapter 4: C-RAN Deployment Models & Case Studies
4.1 Deployment Models
4.1.1 Localized
4.1.2 Enterprise
4.1.3 Highly Centralized
4.1.4 Virtualized
4.2 Mobile Operator Case Studies
4.2.1 América Móvil Group
4.2.2 China Mobile
4.2.3 China Telecom
4.2.4 KT Corporation
4.2.5 LG Uplus
4.2.6 NTT DoCoMo
4.2.7 Orange
4.2.8 SK Telecom
4.2.9 SoftBank Mobile
4.2.10 Sprint
4.2.11 Telecom Italia
4.2.12 Telefónica
4.2.13 Verizon Wireless
4.2.14 Vodafone Group
 
5 Chapter 5: C-RAN Industry Roadmap & Value Chain
5.1 Industry Roadmap
5.1.1 2016 – 2020: Gaining Worldwide Traction
5.1.2 2020 – 2025: The Cloud RAN Era - Moving Towards RAN Virtualization
5.1.3 2025 – 2030: Continued Investments with 5G Network Rollouts
5.2 Value Chain
5.2.1 Enabling Technology Providers
5.2.2 Radio Equipment Suppliers
5.2.3 RAN Vendors
5.2.4 Fronthaul Networking Vendors
5.2.5 Mobile Operators
5.2.6 Test, Measurement & Performance Specialists
 
6 Chapter 6: Key Market Players
6.1 6WIND
6.2 Absolute Analysis
6.3 Accelink Technologies
6.4 ADLINK Technology
6.5 ADTRAN
6.6 ADVA Optical Networking
6.7 Advantech
6.8 Airspan Networks
6.9 Altiostar Networks
6.10 Amarisoft
6.11 Anritsu Corporation
6.12 Aquantia
6.13 ARM Holdings
6.14 Artemis Networks
6.15 Artesyn Embedded Technologies
6.16 Artiza Networks
6.17 ASOCS
6.18 ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute)
6.19 Avago Technologies
6.20 Aviat Networks
6.21 Axxcelera Broadband Wireless (Moseley Associates)
6.22 BLiNQ Networks
6.23 Blu Wireless Technology
6.24 BluWan
6.25 BridgeWave Communications
6.26 Broadcom Corporation
6.27 Cambium Networks
6.28 Cavium
6.29 CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd.)
6.30 CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems)
6.31 Ceragon
6.32 Ciena Corporation
6.33 Cobham Wireless
6.34 Coherent Logix
6.35 Comcores ApS
6.36 CommAgility
6.37 CommScope
6.38 Coriant
6.39 Corning
6.40 Dali Wireless
6.41 Datang Mobile
6.42 DragonWave
6.43 eASIC Corporation
6.44 E-Band Communications (Moseley Associates)
6.45 EBlink
6.46 Eoptolink Technology
6.47 Ericsson
6.48 Exalt Communications
6.49 EXFO
6.50 Extreme Networks
6.51 FastBack Networks
6.52 Finisar Corporation
6.53 Fujitsu
6.54 GigaLight (Shenzhen Gigalight Technology Company)
6.55 GlobalFoundaries
6.56 HFR
6.57 HG Genuine
6.58 Hisense (Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technology)
6.59 Hitachi
6.60 Huawei
6.61 IDT (Integrated Device Technology)
6.62 IMEC International
6.63 Infinera
6.64 InnoLight Technology Corporation
6.65 Intel Corporation
6.66 InterDigital
6.67 Intracom Telecom
6.68 Ixia
6.69 JMA Wireless
6.70 JRC (Japan Radio Company)
6.71 Kathrein-Werke KG
6.72 Keysight Technologies
6.73 Kisan Telecom
6.74 KMW
6.75 Lattice Semiconductor
6.76 LightPointe Communications
6.77 Lumentum
6.78 Macom (M/A-COM Technology Solutions)
6.79 MAX4G
6.80 Mellanox Technologies
6.81 Microsemi Corporation
6.82 Microwave Networks
6.83 MIMOtech
6.84 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
6.85 Mobiveil
6.86 Molex
6.87 MTI Mobile
6.88 NEC Corporation
6.89 NetScout Systems
6.90 Nokia Networks & Alcatel-Lucent
6.91 Nutaq
6.92 NXP Semiconductors
6.93 Octasic
6.94 OE Solutions
6.95 Parallel Wireless
6.96 PMC-Sierra
6.97 Potevio (China Potevio Company)
6.98 Proxim Wireless Corporation
6.99 QEOS
6.100 Qualcomm
6.101 Qwilt
6.102 Radisys Corporation
6.103 RADWIN
6.104 Red Hat
6.105 Saguna Networks
6.106 SAI Technology
6.107 Samji Electronics Company
6.108 Samsung Electronics
6.109 Sarokal Test Systems
6.110 Siklu
6.111 SOLiD (SOLiD Technologies)
6.112 Source Photonics
6.113 SpiderCloud Wireless
6.114 Sumitomo Electric Industries
6.115 Sunnada (Fujian Sunnada Communication Company)
6.116 Sunwave Communications
6.117 Tarana Wireless
6.118 TEKTELIC Communications
6.119 Telco Systems
6.120 TI (Texas Instruments)
6.121 Viavi Solutions
6.122 Vubiq Networks
6.123 Xelic
6.124 Xilinx
6.125 ZTE
 
7 Chapter 7: Market Analysis & Forecasts
7.1 Global Outlook of C-RAN Investments
7.2 Segmentation by Air Interface Technology
7.2.1 3G & LTE Networks
7.2.2 5G Networks
7.3 Segmentation by Submarket
7.3.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.3.1.1 Deployment Model Segmentation
7.3.1.2 Indoor
7.3.1.3 Outdoor
7.3.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.3.3 Fronthaul
7.3.3.1 Technology Segmentation
7.3.3.2 Dedicated Fiber
7.3.3.3 WDM
7.3.3.4 OTN & PON
7.3.3.5 Ethernet
7.3.3.6 Microwave
7.3.3.7 Millimeter Wave
7.4 Segmentation by Region
7.4.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.4.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.4.3 Fronthaul
7.5 Asia Pacific
7.5.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.5.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.5.3 Fronthaul
7.6 Eastern Europe
7.6.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.6.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.6.3 Fronthaul
7.7 Latin & Central America
7.7.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.7.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.7.3 Fronthaul
7.8 Middle East & Africa
7.8.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.8.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.8.3 Fronthaul
7.9 North America
7.9.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.9.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.9.3 Fronthaul
7.10 Western Europe
7.10.1 RRH (Remote Radio Head)
7.10.2 BBU (Baseband Unit)
7.10.3 Fronthaul
 
8 Chapter 8: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations
8.1 Why is the Market Poised to Grow?
8.2 Competitive Industry Landscape: Acquisitions, Alliances & Consolidation
8.3 Setting the Foundation for 5G Networks
8.4 Integration with MEC (Mobile Edge Computing)
8.5 Towards a User Centric RAN Architecture
8.6 Prospects of Virtualized Cloud RAN Networks
8.7 RANaaS (RAN as a Service): Envisioning the Future of C-RAN
8.8 Geographic Outlook: Which Countries Offer the Highest Growth Potential?
8.9 Which Submarket will Lead the Market?
8.10 Strategic Recommendations
8.10.1 C-RAN Solution Providers
8.10.2 Mobile Operators


List of Figures

 Figure 1: C-RAN Architecture
 Figure 2: Key Characteristics of Small Cells
 Figure 3: Key RRH & BBU Functions
 Figure 4: Baseband Processing Distribution Options
 Figure 5: CPRI Protocol Layers
 Figure 6: Cloud RAN Concept
 Figure 7: Annual Global Throughput of Mobile Network Data Traffic by Region: 2016 - 2030 (Exabytes)
 Figure 8: Localized C-RAN Deployment Model
 Figure 9: Enterprise C-RAN Deployment Model
 Figure 10: China Mobile’s Cloud RAN Vision
 Figure 11: NTT DoCoMo’s Advanced C-RAN Architecture
 Figure 12: C-RAN Industry Roadmap
 Figure 13: C-RAN Value Chain
 Figure 14: Global C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 15: Global C-RAN Revenue by Air Interface Technology: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 16: Global C-RAN Revenue in 3G & LTE Networks: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 17: Global C-RAN Revenue in 5G Networks: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 18: Global C-RAN Revenue by Submarket: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 19: Global RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 20: Global RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 21: Global RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments by Deployment Model: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 22: Global RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue by Deployment Model: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 23: Global Indoor RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 24: Global Indoor RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 25: Global Outdoor RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 26: Global Outdoor RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 27: Global BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 28: Global BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 29: Global C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 30: Global C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue by Technology: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 31: Global Dedicated Fiber Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 32: Global WDM Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 33: Global OTN & PON Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 34: Global Ethernet Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 35: Global Microwave Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 36: Global Millimeter Wave Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 37: C-RAN Revenue by Region: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 38: RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments by Region: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 39: RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue by Region: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 40: BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments by Region: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 41: BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue by Region: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 42: C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue by Region: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 43: Asia Pacific C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 44: Asia Pacific RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 45: Asia Pacific RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 46: Asia Pacific BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 47: Asia Pacific BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 48: Asia Pacific C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 49: Eastern Europe C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 50: Eastern Europe RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 51: Eastern Europe RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 52: Eastern Europe BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 53: Eastern Europe BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 54: Eastern Europe C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 55: Latin & Central America C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 56: Latin & Central America RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 57: Latin & Central America RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 58: Latin & Central America BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 59: Latin & Central America BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 60: Latin & Central America C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 61: Middle East & Africa C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 62: Middle East & Africa RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 63: Middle East & Africa RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 64: Middle East & Africa BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 65: Middle East & Africa BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 66: Middle East & Africa C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 67: North America C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 68: North America RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 69: North America RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 70: North America BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 71: North America BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 72: North America C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 73: Western Europe C-RAN Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 74: Western Europe RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 75: Western Europe RRH (Remote Radio Heat) Unit Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 76: Western Europe BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipments: 2016 - 2030 (Thousands of Units)
 Figure 77: Western Europe BBU (Baseband Unit) Shipment Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 78: Western Europe C-RAN Fronthaul Revenue: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 79: Global Virtualized RAN Investments: 2016 - 2030 ($ Million)
 Figure 80: Global C-RAN Spending Breakdown by Submarket: 2020 (%)

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