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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 9, 2016 – According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, it’s not all doom days ahead for the global Radio Access Network (RAN) market as small cells, LTE, and 5G are expected to increase the growing segments of the market $7 B by 2020.

“The RAN market clearly peaked in 2008 in revenue terms and the overall RAN outlook consists of declining revenues. However, we remain extremely optimistic about the role the RAN network will play supporting the on-going digital transformation,” said Stefan Pongratz, analyst at the Dell’Oro Group. “Constantly changing end-user requirements will drive carriers to enhance their mobile broadband networks using both LTE macro and small cells. At the same time, slowing carrier revenue growth will accelerate the need to identify new revenue streams and reduce cost – which will accelerate the shift towards 5G. Strong growth in small cells, moderate growth in LTE, and initial commercial 5G deployments towards the end of the forecast period will undoubtedly create opportunities for both existing players and new entrants,” continued Pongratz.

The report also highlights how the uptake of 5G will be far more rapid than 4G. For example, in the second year of commercial deployment, we predict 5G to be approximately twice the level of 4G.

About the Report

Dell’Oro Group’s Mobile RAN 5-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the Mobile RAN industry, macro and non-residential small cells, with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, transceivers or RF carrier shipments, unit shipments for base station controllers, and base transceiver stations for 5G/LTE/LTE FDD/LTE TDD/WCDMA/GSM/CDMA/WiMAX.  To purchase this report, please contact Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


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