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Critical Capabilities for 5G RAN for Communications Service Providers

Published: 28 February 2022

Summary

5G vendors’ capabilities differ across three 5G RAN modernization use cases. CSP CIOs and tech executives, including CTOs, can use this research to choose a vendor with capabilities that best match their 5G network transformation requirements and sourcing strategies.

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Overview

Key Findings
  • There are two major vendor categories; one group can design and develop their own chipsets for their 5G RAN equipment and consists of mainly incumbent vendors. The other group tries to disrupt/innovate the market by promoting emerging Open RAN and vRAN.

  • Communications service providers’ (CSPs’) 5G RAN planning and deployment is currently driven mainly by consumer business needs focusing on better network experience and coverage reusing legacy 4G investments. This is the main market for incumbent vendors.

  • Open RAN and vRAN are in the early stages of adoption by the telecom industry and leading CSPs. Both “brownfield” and “greenfield” CSPs

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  • Ericsson
  • FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei
  • Mavenir
  • NEC
  • Nokia
  • Rakuten Symphony
  • Samsung
  • ZTE
  • Network Capacity
  • TCO Reduction
  • Open RAN
  • Multioperator Support
  • Multiple Radio Spectrum Support
  • Product Variety
  • 3GPP New Feature Supports
  • Single RAN
  • vRAN Software Features
  • Multiple NFV/Cloud-Native Platform
  • Macrocell Radio Units
  • BBU Products
  • vBBU Products

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