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Critical Capabilities for 5G Network Infrastructure for Communications Service Providers, Macrocell

Published: 27 February 2023


5G vendors’ capabilities differ across three 5G macrocell 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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Key Findings
  • Communications service providers’ (CSPs’) 5G macrocell planning and deployment is currently driven mainly by consumer business needs, focusing on better network experience and coverage by reusing legacy 4G investments. This is the main market for incumbent vendors in 2023.

  • There are two major vendor categories: One group can design and develop its own chipsets for its 5G macrocell equipment and consists of mainly incumbent vendors. The other group tries to disrupt/innovate the market by promoting the emerging Open radio access network (RAN) and virtualized RAN (vRAN).

  • Open RAN and vRAN are in the early stages of adoption by the telecom

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  • Ericsson
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei
  • Mavenir
  • MTI
  • 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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