“In line with our predictions, the recovery in the data center switch market, which started in the second half of last year, continued to accelerate in 1Q21,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group.
“This growth rate has been fueled from buildouts from five commercially deployed nationwide mobile 5G Standalone (5G SA) networks, three in China, one in the US, and one in Western Europe,” stated David Bolan, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “The MCN market is poised for higher growth as more 5G SA networks are readying to come on-line.
“Although the North American region was down this quarter compared to last year, it did improve from last quarter,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “In fact, the growth quarter-over-quarter was really strong. It grew just a little over 15 percent, and we think this strength will carry forward through the remainder of the year,” added Yu.
“Overall this was another good quarter for the Microwave Transmission market considering that the pandemic still presents challenges,” stated Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Following this strong start to the year, we continue to believe the microwave market will return to positive growth this year. Our only concern, at this point, is whether the global component shortage will push out equipment manufacturing and delivery into next year,” added Yu.
“The RAN market is firing on multiple cylinders right now,” said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President and analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “Even with the elevated baseline, the pickup in RAN activity was fairly broad-based, underpinned by strong demand for mobile broadband, intense 5G deployments, a weakening US Dollar, and growing modernization/swap investments,” continued Pongratz.