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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 21, 2014 –According to a newly published forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, the Mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) LTE equipment market is forecast to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21 percent between 2012 and 2018.

“The pace of change throughout the device, application, and infrastructure ecosystem is impacting service providers’ mobile broadband strategies,” said Stefan Pongratz, director of Dell’Oro Group’s RAN and Small Cell Programs.  “We are forecasting that service providers will spend almost as much on LTE radio equipment between 2011 and 2017 as they did on WCDMA equipment between year 2000 and 2012.  This of course means that the LTE peak will come much sooner than the peak in WCDMA, and that spending on legacy technologies will also decline at a faster rate,” continued Pongratz.

Other 5-year Forecast Report highlights:

  • Total RAN market—macro and small cell—expected to grow in 2013 and 2014, with one percent CAGR decline between 2013 and 2018
  • Near-term growth in China and Europe to offset declining radio spending trends in North America
  • Macro investments to remain strong throughout the forecast period with more than 1 M macro (RRU, antenna integrated radio, active antenna system, centralized RAN) radios shipping in 2018
  • 40 percent of all macro LTE radios that will ship in the forecast period to use TDD technology.

Dell’Oro Group’s quarterly market share report reveals the top vendors in the LTE RAN market on a revenue basis in third quarter 2013 were Ericsson, Huawei, and Alcatel-Lucent.


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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