Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) Ecosystem Market Investment Expected to Grow 125 % Of CAGR

Press Release   •   Jan 10, 2017 04:48 EST

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vRAN (Virtualized Radio Access Network) refers to a RAN (Radio Access Network) implementation where some or all baseband functions are separated from the remote radio unit and run as VNFs (Virtualized Network Functions) on commodity hardware. This approach results in multiple operational benefits including but not limited to TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) reduction, performance gains and scalability. In addition, vRAN enables mobile operators to future-proof their networks for 5G upgrades.

The vRAN market is presently at a nascent stage with most investments focused on virtualized small cells for targeted greenfield deployments and pilot engagements for macrocell coverage. However, as mobile operators realize the benefits of RAN virtualization, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 125% over the next three year period. By the end of 2020, The Research estimates that vRAN deployments will account for a market worth $2.6 Billion.

The report presents an in-depth assessment of the Virtualized Radio Access Network ecosystem including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, collaborative initiatives, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for vRAN investments from 2017 till 2030. The forecasts cover multiple submarkets and 6 regions.

List of Companies:

3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), 6WIND, ADLINK Technology, Advantech, Airspan Networks, Altiostar Networks, Amarisoft, Argela, Aricent, ARM Holdings, Artemis Networks, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, ASOCS, ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute), Broadband Forum, Broadcom, BT Group, Casa Systems, Cavium, China Mobile, China Unicom, Cisco Systems, Clavister, Cobham Wireless, Comcores, CommAgility, CommScope, Contela, Dali Wireless, Dell Technologies, DT (Deutsche Telekom), eASIC Corporation, EBlink, EE, Ericsson, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), EURECOM, Facebook, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Huawei, IBM Corporation, IDT (Integrated Device Technology), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Intel Corporation, ip.access, IS-Wireless, ITU (International Telecommunications Union), JMA Wireless, Nokia, Nokia Networks, Nokia Technologies, NTT Communications, NTT DoCoMo, NXP Semiconductors, Octasic, ON.Lab (Open Networking Lab), ONF (Open Networking Foundation), Orange, OSA (OpenAirInterface Software Alliance), Parallel Wireless, Phluido, Qualcomm, Quortus, Radisys Corporation, Ranzure Networks, Rearden, Red Hat and more..

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The report covers the following topics:

  • vRAN ecosystem
  • Market drivers and barriers
  • vRAN architecture and key functional elements
  • Baseband functional splitting for vRAN implementation
  • Fronthaul networking technologies and interface options
  • Key trends including RAN slicing, RANaaS (RAN as a Service), neutral hosting and MEC (Mobile Edge Computing)
  • TCO comparison between vRAN and conventional RAN architectures
  • vRAN deployment models including Cloud RAN and virtualized small cells
    And More..

Forecast Segmentation

Market forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:


  • vRAN Radio Units
  • vBBUs (Virtualized Baseband Units)

Air Interface Technology Segmentation

  • LTE & 3G
  • 5G NR (New Radio)

Deployment Model Segmentation

  • Virtualized Small Cells
  • Virtualized Macrocells

Regional Markets

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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction 12
1.1 Executive Summary 12
1.2 Topics Covered 14
1.3 Forecast Segmentation 15
1.4 Key Questions Answered 16
1.5 Key Findings 17
1.6 Methodology 18
1.7 Target Audience 19
1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned 20

Chapter 2: An Overview of vRAN 22
2.1 C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network): Opening the Door to RAN Virtualization 22
2.1.1 Decoupling the Base Station 22
2.1.2 Brief History 23
2.1.3 Outlook on Future Investments 23

Chapter 3: Standardization, Regulatory & Collaborative Initiatives 50
3.1 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) 50
3.1.1 Functional Splits for vRAN Implementation in 5G Networks 50
3.1.2 Management of Virtualized Mobile Networks 51
3.2 Broadband Forum 52
3.2.1 TR-069 for PNF Management 52
3.3 CPRI Initiative 53

Chapter 4: vRAN Deployment Models & Case Studies 70
4.1 Deployment Models 70
4.1.1 Distributed vRAN 70
4.1.2 Centralized vRAN: Cloud RAN 71

Chapter 5: vRAN Industry Roadmap & Value Chain 90
5.1 Industry Roadmap 90
5.1.1 2017 – 2020: Growing Adoption of Virtualized Small Cells 90

Chapter 6: Key Market Players 95
Chapter 7: Market Analysis & Forecasts 159
Chapters 8: Expert Opinion – Interview Transcripts 193
Chapters 9: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations 210

List of Figures

Figure 1: C-RAN Architecture 23
Figure 2: vRAN Architecture 25
Figure 3: Key Remote Radio Unit & vBBU Functions 29
Figure 4: VM vs. Container Virtualization 31
Figure 5: CPRI Protocol Layers 34
Figure 6: Baseband Functional Split Options for vRAN 37
Figure 7: Examples of Maximum Required Bitrate on a Fronthaul Link for Possible PHY-RF Split 38
Figure 8: Performance Comparison of Baseband Functional Split Options for vRAN 40
Figure 9: Annual Global Throughput of Mobile Network Data Traffic by Region: 2017 – 2030 (Exabytes) 44
Figure 10: ETSI NFV Architecture 56
Figure 11: M-CORD Focus Areas 65
Figure 12: nFAPI Interfaces 67
Figure 13: Distributed vRAN Deployment Model 72
Figure 14: Cloud RAN Deployment Model 73
Figure 15: Virtualized Small Cell Deployment Model 74
Figure 16: China Mobile’s Cloud RAN Vision 77
Figure 17: NTT DoCoMo’s Advanced C-RAN Architecture 80
Figure 18: SK Telecom's SDRAN (Software Defined RAN) Architecture 84
Figure 19: SoftBank's Virtualized Small Cell Trial 86

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