The Network is Software Now: Adapting to the new mobile economics 2013-2018
This report analyzes and forecasts the key trends which are affecting investment and planning of the RAN in the coming five years. In particular, these include significant shifts in network planning towards HetNet, small cells and Cloud-RAN; and the rising importance of network analytics and OSS tools. Not only will software capex increasingly outweigh the hardware budget, but there will also be a major shift to from capex to opex. The report maps these trends in detail, based on operator-by-operator modeling of the top 40 mobile carrier groups in the world (a total of 152 operating units); ongoing tracking of the 4G network spending plans of the top 100 LTE providers; and extensive interviews with the entire RAN vendor base and supply chain.