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Cloud-RAN (Radio Access Network) Market

Cloud-RAN (Radio Access Network) Market By Component (Baseband Units, Remote Radio Units, Optical Transport Network, Servers, Processors, and Measurement Device), Service (Network Service, Custom Service, and System Integration Service) & Region - Forecast to 2022-2032

Market Insights on Cloud-RAN (Radio Access Network) covering sales outlook, demand forecast & up-to-date key trends

Cloud-RAN (Radio Access Network) Market Ovreview

The global cloud-RAN (Radio Access Network) market is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.5% during 2022-2032.

“Demand for Internet connectivity with improved network security, network flexibility, and controllability will set the tone for the cloud-RAN market growth.”

Cloud-RAN, or Centralized-RAN (C-RAN) is an advanced cellular network architecture for mobile network infrastructure that can support 2G, 3G and 4G system and meet wireless communication benchmarks. Cloud-RAN is outpacing traditional cellular network system as it doesn’t require RF (radio frequency) equipment, antenna, BTS (baseband unit) and digital processor to be deployed in the cell site.



Cloud-RAN Market Value in 2020

US$ 13 Bn

Cloud-RAN Market CAGR (2022-2032)


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What are the Major Drivers Boosting the Demand for Cloud RAN?

“Manufacturers are focusing on the innovative architecture of cloud-RAN to suffice the Internet demands for corporates and household purposes.”

Traditional cellular network architecture demands more power, space, additional big cell towers and directional antennae to support new air interface technologies such as LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and multi-frequency bands. Moreover, enhancement of traditional cellular network in a wireless network to support data traffic demand becomes economically unsustainable. In contrast, Cloud-RAN enhances mobile communications and helps cellular network operators in delivering qualitative and effective mobile communication services at a reasonable cost.

Cloud-RAN ensures centralization of baseband processing in one location. To connect to RRH (remote radio heads), fibre optical cables are required. Cloud-RAN is based on new technologies, viz. cloud computing that can take advantage of advanced remote antennae or radio head techniques and SDN (software-defined network) approaches.

Cloud-RAN offers various benefits like reduction in cost of network operations. The three types of cost reductions are energy consumption, site rental expenses and operational & maintenance cost of network. These savings can be balanced against cost incurred on fibre optical cables required to meet front haul capacity and latency requirements.

Cloud-RAN also enhances capacity due to coordinated multipoint and ensures speedy performance. Aforementioned benefits of Cloud-RAN architecture automatically increase the value of service to end-users.

However, initial high investment required to deploy Cloud-RAN architecture acts as one of the major challenges for the growth of Cloud-RAN market. The key restraint to this market is high initial cost of deployment and dependency on availability of fibre.

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Which Region Shows Strong Growth Potential in the C-RAN Market?

“Major players in Cloud-RAN market focuses on partnerships, joint ventures, and acquisition &merger strategies in order to outperform their competitors.”

The cloud-RAN market can be categorized into component, services and geography. The market is segmented on the basis of the nature of its components, which includes six major categories -BBU (Baseband Units), RRU (Remote Radio Units), optical transport network, servers, processors and measurement device.

On the basis of services segment, the Cloud-RAN market can be categorized into network services, custom services and system integration services. The market can also be segmented on the basis of major geographies, into North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Eastern Europe and Middle East & Africa.

Cloud-RAN is a global multi-billion dollar market which is expected to exhibit a considerable growth in CAGR, from 2014 to 2020. The key drivers include need to reduce increasing data traffic and Capex & Opex expenditure, which are the biggest revenue generators for the Cloud-RAN market.

For instance, in 2013 Intel Corp. acquired Mindspeed Technologies and extended its offerings with new mobile system services i.e. Cloud-RAN.

Some of the key players identified in the Cloud-RAN market are Ceragon Networks Ltd., Actix Ltd., Aricent Technologies, JDSU, 6WIND, MTI Radiocomp, Altera Corp., Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., Intel Corporation, Vitesse Semiconductor, Telco Systems, VPI Systems, Telco Systems and TEOCO among others.

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Market Analysis

US$ Bn for Value

By Component

  • Baseband Units
  • Remote Radio Units
  • Optical transport network
  • Servers
  • Processors
  • Measurement device

By Service

  • Network services
  • Custom services
  • System integration services
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Japan
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Players

  • Ceragon Networks Ltd.
  • Actix Ltd.
  • Aricent Technologies
  • JDSU
  • 6WIND
  • MTI Radiocomp
  • Altera Corp.
  • Mindspeed Technologies Inc.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Vitesse Semiconductor
  • Telco Systems
  • VPI Systems
  • Telco Systems

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The global cloud radio access network market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period.

The C-RAN market is projected to be about US$ 15 Bn by the end of year 2025.

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