Westford, USA, Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ever-increasing demand for mobile data services is straining traditional radio access networks (RANs). To meet this demand, network operators are turning to Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Market, which offer a number of advantages over traditional RANs. C-RAN uses cloud computing techniques to virtualize the RAN and allow it to be deployed more flexibly and efficiently. Plus, it provides the ability to scale quickly and efficiently to meet changing demands, reduce operating costs, and improve flexibility and agility.
According to SkyQuest’s analysis, C-RAN is also considered a key enabler for 5G networks. The high bandwidth and low latency requirements of 5G will be difficult to meet with traditional RAN architectures. However, C-RAN can provide the scalability, flexibility, and performance needed for 5G networks.
Operators in the global cloud radio access network (C-RAN) market who have deployed C-RAN have seen significant benefits. China Mobile, for example, reported reductions in capital and operating expenses. And NTT DoCoMo has achieved significant increases in capacity and coverage with its C-RAN deployment over the past few years. Additionally, C-RAN can be used in conjunction with other emerging technologies such as edge computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). This opens up even more possibilities for operators looking to offer innovative services to their customers.
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What makes C-RAN so popular?
SkyQuest’s latest analysis of the Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) market shows that it is still in a period of strong growth, with revenues expected to more than double between 2021 and 2028. This rapid expansion is driven by a number of factors, including the growing popularity and deployment of 5G services, the need for more efficient network architectures, and the growing demand for edge computing.
Today, C-RAN is considered a key enabling technology for 5G networks, due to its ability to provide the high capacity and low latency required for next-generation services such as virtual reality and autonomous vehicles. . Additionally, C-RAN can help operators reduce energy consumption and save on infrastructure costs.
Nearly 30% of network operators will deploy C-RAN by the end of 2023
SkyQuest estimates that more than 30% of mobile operators in the global cloud radio access network (C-RAN) market will have deployed C-RAN by 2023. Operators in Asia-Pacific are under immense pressure to expand their networks to meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile data services and the rapidly growing number of smartphone users. C-RAN offers a more efficient and scalable way to do this. For example, C-RAN can consolidate radio resources across multiple cell sites, which can improve spectral efficiency and reduce power consumption. This makes it an attractive option for operators looking to improve the performance of their networks while reducing costs. Additionally, C-RAN can provide increased flexibility over traditional RAN architectures, making it easier to deploy new services and applications.
The Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Market report also examines the role of C-RAN in edge computing, which is becoming increasingly important as users demand faster response times and lower latencies. Edge computing brings compute and storage resources closer to users, reducing reliance on centralized data centers. We believe that C-RAN will play a vital role in enabling edge computing, due to its ability to connect multiple radio access points and provide high-bandwidth links between them.
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Key trends shaping the global Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) market
1. Increased use of centralized processing
Traditionally, each cell site in a RAN architecture has its own baseband processing unit (BBU). With C-RAN, BBUs from multiple cell sites can be centralized in a single location, called a BBU pool. This can lead to significant cost and energy savings, as well as improved quality of service through reduced latency.
2. Virtualization of radio resources
Virtualization of radio resources such as software-defined radios (SDRs) and baseband units (BBUs) can further improve the efficiency of C-RAN deployments in the global cloud radio access network (C-RAN) market. RAN). This allows operators to dynamically allocate radio resources based on changing traffic demands to improve spectral efficiency.
3. Cloudification of network functions
Another key trend is the cloudification of network functions such as storage, compute and networking. This means that these functions are provided as services from a shared pool.
4. Advances in transportation technologies
One of the main challenges of C-RAN has been the need for a high-speed front-end link between the base station and the radio head. However, there have been significant advances in this area in recent years, with the availability of new technologies such as Coherent Optics and WDM-PON. This has made it much easier and cheaper to deploy C-RAN networks.
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Key Developments in the Global Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Market
- In November 2022, RedHat published a report on the collaboration with Nokia for the development of the 5G C-RAN solution
- In November 2022, SES announced support for private 5G in Taiwan. The company has enabled these services in conjunction with Microsoft Azure
- In November 2022, Dish Network announced raising an additional $2 billion to facilitate the construction of C-RAN infrastructure
Nokia, Sony, Samsung, Cisco and Huawei are the top 5 players in the global C-RAN market
Nokia, Sony, Samsung, Cisco, and Huawei are all major vendors in the global cloud radio access network (C-RAN) market. C-RAN is a key technology enabling mobile operators to deliver high-speed data services over LTE networks. By consolidating base station resources in the cloud, CRAN can provide significant capacity and coverage advantages over traditional cellular architectures.
Nokia’s Cloud RAN solution is based on its FlexiMultiradio 10 platform, which supports a wide range of radio access technologies (RATs), including LTE-Advanced Pro. The Nokia solution also includes AirScale Radio Access Cloud Core, which provides centralized control and coordination of base station resources.
Nokia is a clear leader in the global cloud radio access network (C-RAN) market, according to new analysis from SkyQuest. Nokia has a strong portfolio of products and services that meet the needs of operators looking to deploy cloud-based RAN solutions. The company is also well positioned to benefit from the growing trend of carrier consolidation, as it has a strong presence across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.
SkyQuest’s analysis comes as Nokia announced its latest innovation in the cloud RAN space, AirFrame Open ScaleOut. The new solution allows operators to quickly and easily deploy large-scale cloud RAN deployments, with Nokia promising “best-in-class performance, flexibility and scalability”. “AirFrame Open ScaleOut is a significant step forward for the cloud RAN industry.
Key Players of Global Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Market
- Altiostar (USA)
- ASOCS Ltd (Israel)
- Cisco Systems, Inc. (USA)
- Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Sweden)
- FUJITSU (Japan)
- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd (China)
- NEC Corporation (Japan)
- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. (South Korea)
- Nokia Corporation (Finland)
- ZTE Corporation (China)
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