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Global 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G Wireless Network Infrastructure Market: 2016 - 2030 - with an Evaluation of Wi-Fi and WiMAX

Press Release   •   Nov 30, 2016 05:51 EST

The wireless network infrastructure market is currently in a phase of transition as mobile operators seek to address increasing mobile traffic demands amidst global economic uncertainties. This paradigm shift is bringing new challenges and opportunities to infrastructure vendors.

In 2015, global 2G, 3G and 4G wireless infrastructure revenues stood at nearly $65 Billion. SNS Research estimates that these revenues will remain flat in 2016, largely due to declining macrocell RAN and mobile core investments. Over the next four years, the market is expected to decline at a CAGR of 1%, eventually shrinking to $61 Billion by the end of 2020.

Despite the ongoing decline in the wider market, mobile operators are expected to significantly increase their spending in the evolving HetNet (Heterogeneous Network) submarket, which encompasses small cells, carrier Wi-Fi, DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) and C-RAN (Centralized RAN) infrastructure. Small cell and carrier Wi-Fi equipment alone will represent a market worth $3 Billion in 2016. Supplemented further by DAS and C-RAN investments, the HetNet sector is attracting considerable attention from both established vendors as well as startups that solely focus on this submarket.

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Spanning over 1,000 pages, "The 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G Wireless Network Infrastructure Market: 2016 – 2030 – with an Evaluation of Wi-Fi and WiMAX" report package encompasses two comprehensive reports covering both the conventional 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G wireless network infrastructure market as well as the emerging HetNet submarket:

  • The Wireless Network Infrastructure Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Macrocell RAN, Small Cells, C-RAN, RRH, DAS, Carrier Wi-Fi, Mobile Core, Backhaul & Fronthaul
  • The HetNet Ecosystem (Small Cells, Carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN & DAS): 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

This report package provides an in-depth assessment of the 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G wireless network infrastructure market and also explores the HetNet submarket. Besides analyzing the key market drivers, challenges, regional CapEx commitments and vendor strategies, the report package also presents revenue and unit shipment forecasts for the wireless network infrastructure, macrocell, mobile core, small cell, Wi-Fi offload, DAS, C-RAN and the mobile transport submarkets from 2016 to 2030 at a regional as well as a global scale.

The report package comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report package.

Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:

  • 2G (GSM and CDMA) technology and market trends
  • 3G (W-CDMA/HSPA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA-2000) technology and market trends
  • 4G (LTE, LTE-Advanced and WiMAX) technology and market trends
  • 5G (IMT-2020) technology and market trends
  • Mobile core technology and market trends
  • Mobile transport (backhaul and fronthaul) technology and market trends
  • HetNet (Wi-Fi offloading, small cell, C-RAN and DAS) technology and market trends
  • Analysis of key trends such as enterprise RAN, TD-LTE, VoLTE virtualization, unlicensed small cells and SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service)
  • Market drivers for wireless network infrastructure investments
  • Challenges and barriers to the ecosystem
  • Profiles and strategies of over 350 wireless network infrastructure vendors
  • Global and regional market analysis and forecasts
  • SWOT analysis of the wireless network infrastructure market

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Key Questions Answered:

The report provides answers to the following key questions:

  • How is the 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G wireless network infrastructure market evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2016 and at what rate will it grow?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How will the market shape for HetNet infrastructure such as small cells, C-RAN and DAS?
  • How big is the opportunity for enterprise RAN deployments?
  • How will Wi-Fi fit into future network architectures for access and offload?
  • Who are the key vendors in the market, what is their market share and what are their strategies?
  • What strategies should be adopted by mobile operators and vendors to remain a dominant market force?
  • Which 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G technology constitutes the highest amount of spending and how will this evolve overtime?
  • How will LTE deployments proceed, and how long will 2G/3G technologies coexist with LTE?
  • When will WiMAX infrastructure spending diminish?
  • What is the global and regional outlook for RAN and mobile core submarkets?
  • What is the opportunity for mobile transport networking gear, and what new backhaul/fronthaul solutions are evolving?

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List of Companies & Organizations Mentioned:

The following companies and organizations have been reviewed, discussed or mentioned in the report:

3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)

3GPP2 (3rd Generation Partnership Project 2)






Ablaze Wireless

Absolute Analysis

Accedian Networks

Accelink Technologies


Accuris Networks


Actelis Networks


Blu Wireless Technology


BridgeWave Communications

Broadband Forum

Broadcom Corporation

Brocade Communications Systems

Browan Communications

BSG Wireless

BT Group

BTI Systems

BTI Wireless

CableFree Solutions

Cadence Design Systems


Cambium Networks

Canoga Perkins

Carlson Wireless Technologies

Casa Systems


CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd.)

CCI (Communication Components Inc.)

CCI (Competitive Companies, Inc.)

CCI (Crown Castle International)

CCI Systems

CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems)

Direct Beam

Dish Network

D-Link Corporation

Dongwon T&I


DT (Deutsche Telekom)

eASIC Corporation

E-Band Communications (Moseley Associates)


ECI Telecom

Eden Rock Communications

Edgewater Wireless Systems

EDX Wireless




Freescale Semiconductor

Front Porch



Gemtek Technology Company


Genmix Technology

GigaLight (Shenzhen Gigalight Technology Company)

Gilat Satellite Networks


GoNet Systems



Hughes Network Systems



IDT (Integrated Device Technology)

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

IMEC International



Hughes Network Systems



IDT (Integrated Device Technology)

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

IMEC International

Lime Microsystems

Loea Corporation


Macom (M/A-COM Technology Solutions)


Maxim Integrated

NuRAN Wireless


NXP Semiconductors

Oceus Networks


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