Centralized RAN or C-RAN is an architectural shift in RAN (Radio Access Network) design, where the bulk of baseband processing is centralized and aggregated for a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility, smaller deployment footprint, and reduced power consumption.
Global investments in C-RAN architecture networks will reach nearly $11.16 Billion by the end of 2018. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 24% and will reach 50.3 Billion by 2025. These investments will include spending on RRHs (Remote Radio Heads), BBUs (Baseband Units) and fronthaul transport network equipment.
By virtualizing small cells, mobile operators can immediately evaluate the benefits of RAN virtualization with no major impact on their larger macrocell RAN footprint. Global spending on virtualized small cells will surpass $3 Billion annually by 2025. In conjunction with 5G and LTE Advanced network rollouts, these advancements will fuel the market to grow at a CAGR of over 18% between 2019 and 2025. At present, the C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) market is facing a paradigm shift with multiple advancements ranging from small cell virtualization and neutral hosting to the adoption of unlicensed and shared spectrum. Global investments on small cells, carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN and DAS will reach more than $15 Billion by the end of 2017, as mobile operators remain committed to tackling the continued growth of mobile data traffic and evolving coverage requirements.
C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Industry – “Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Industry including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, use cases, vertical markets, service provider case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) infrastructure investments from 2019 till 2025.
C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) Industry Segmentation:
By Air Interface Technology
By Network Architecture
By Deployment Model
By Cell Size
By Fronthaul Transport Network Technology