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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 26, 2017 – 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, strong adoption of 5G is expected to return the Radio Access Network (RAN) market to growth towards 2021. The projected cumulative revenues between 2017 and 2021 are anticipated to represent the weakest five-year period since Dell’Oro Group began tracking the market in 2000.

“Despite weaker results in 2016 than previously projected – driven primarily by softer equipment and capacity sales in US dollar terms – we remain optimistic in our longer-term outlook that the RAN network will continue to play an instrumental role supporting the ongoing digital transformation that is changing the way humans and machines communicate,” said Stefan Pongratz, analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “While there is little doubt market conditions will remain challenging in the short-term, consumers’ voracious appetite for mobile data coupled with the impending transition toward 5G form the basis for improved market conditions in the outer years of the forecast,” continued Pongratz.

Other highlights from the Mobile RAN 5-Year Forecast Report:

  • Given current US dollar pricing, the total RAN market is expected to decline in 2017 at a high single-digit rate, stabilize during 2018-2020, and grow again in 2021.
  • Initial 5G revenues – including 5G sub 6 GHz and Pre5G mmW & sub 6 GHz – are expected to surpass initial 4G revenues.

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


Dell’Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT markets.  Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.  For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit