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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 20, 2015 –According to a newly published forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunication industries, strong growth in LTE and small cells are expected to nearly offset declining spending on 2G and 3G technologies.

“Although WCDMA will likely remain the dominant end-user technology even through the end of this forecast period, it is clear at this point that the success of LTE has impacted both service providers’ WCDMA/LTE rollout strategies, and the overall 3G market,” explained Stefan Pongratz, Dell’Oro Group Analyst. “Service providers are realizing that there is more to LTE than the theoretical performance difference between HSPA+ and LTE Release 8, and as a result, more service providers are revisiting their overall MBB strategies. Initially the strategy shift would be mostly confined to advanced markets. But with the cost of terminals coming down, the phenomenon that transpired in many advanced markets will likely be replicated in other markets as well, impacting WCDMA macro and small cell deployments,” continued Pongratz.

Other Mobile RAN 5-year Forecast Report highlights:

  • Top LTE Macro/Small Cell vendors in 3Q14 by revenue: Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia
  • Total RAN market—macro and small cell—expected to grow at a strong pace in 2014, decline in 2015 and 2016 before stabilizing
  • LTE RAN market expected to double by 2019 from 2013 levels
  • WCDMA RAN market expected to be cut in half between 2013 and 2019.

Dell’Oro Group’s Mobile Radio Access Network 5-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the Mobile RAN industry, macro and public access small cells, with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, transceivers or RF carrier shipments, unit shipments for base station controllers, and base transceiver stations for LTE FDD/LTE TDD/WCDMA/GSM/CDMA/WiMAX. To purchase this report, please call Julie Learmond-Criqui at +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email


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