Tearing the network apart: The economics of the new RAN to 2018
This report analyzes and forecasts the trends which are leading to Cloud-RAN in depth for the period 2013 to 2018, including important elements such as smart antennas, HetNet developments and adoption of relevant LTE-Advanced features such as CoMP. It is based on Maravedis-Rethink's ongoing tracking of the top 100 4G operators in the world; in-depth qualitative studies of 35 tier one mobile carriers; extensive interviews with the entire RAN vendor base and supply chain; and sophisticated modeling. The result is a detailed examination of how the Cloud-RAN platforms will evolve in the period to 2018, and the economic benefits carriers expect to gain. Based on analysis of current cutting edge deployments as well as the future plans of operators and the ecosystem, the report provides market sizes, forecasts and capex values for the key elements of the Cloud-RAN market.