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Dell’Oro Group published a January 2021 Mobile Core Network market five-year forecast report

The Mobile Core Network (MCN) market’s cumulative manufacturing revenues are expected to approach $60 B from 2021 to 2025. The first 5G Standalone (5G SA) networks launched in 2020 resulting in manufacturing revenues for the 5G Core market for the first time, including network functions for packet core, policy and subscriber data management. Initial revenues were primarily in mainland China, and are expected to accelerate thru the forecast period as all regions around the world begin building their 5G SA networks. The 4G Core will still be the dominant core, but declining in the later years of the forecast as the growth of 5G Core offsets the decline. The IMS Core market will still continue to rise throughout the forecast period as the migration to 5G accelerates the need for VoLTE, and eventually VoNR.

Mobile Core Network Market


APAC and EMEA Regions to account for over 70% of the revenues

Regionally, APAC (Asia-Pacific) and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) regions are expected to account for over 70% of the revenues during the forecast period. The cumulative revenues for the EMEA region will exceed the APAC region for the first time in a forecast period, due to the number of growing subscribers in EMEA. APAC dominates in the first half of the forecast period which is eventually taken over by EMEA in the second half of the forecast period.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) continues to grow

The revenue mix of NFV is expected to grow significantly approaching 100% in 2025, reflecting the move to 5G Core functions. NFV functions are moving from cloud-ready to cloud-native network functions (CNFs). At the same time, networks are migrating toward containers on VM servers, especially for 5G Core—and eventually to bare metal servers—eliminating the virtualization layer, thereby reducing both cost and complexity.

Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) will enable new consumer and enterprise applications

MEC will improve latency in the network for both consumer and enterprise applications. Consumers will be served by Public MEC deployments, while enterprise applications will be served by Public MEC and Private MEC (on-premises) deployments. For a more in-depth look at MEC, see the Dell’Oro Group MEC Advanced Research Report.


About the ReportDell'Oro Group Mobile Core Network 5-Year Forecast Report

Dell’Oro Group’s Mobile Core Network 5-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the market for Wireless Packet Core, IMS Core, policy, and subscriber management with historical data, where applicable, to the present. The report provides a comprehensive overview of market trends by network function implementation (Non-NFV and NFV), covering revenue, licenses, average selling price, and regional forecasts for various network functions. To get a copy of the report, please contact us