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Macro layer deployments and trends 3G to 5G

Macro layer deployments and trends 3G to 5G

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The Macro Layer deployments and trends commentary is 22 pages long and is accompanied by 12 data Excel tables.

The wireless forecast included in this report is based on research on the top 40 international mobile operator groups, which account for 80% of the global mobile subscribers (IMG-40). A total of 122 operating companies are included. From this representative group of operators, the macrocell and metrocell forecasts are developed.

From the starting point of a calculation of the number of cell sites already deployed worldwide, forecasts were made of the numbers of base stations that would be rolled out a) to brand new sites and b) to replace or upgrade existing sites. These deployment forecasts were then categorized by network topology, spectrum band, spectrum mode, region and other factors. The equipment deployed in each case was also surveyed and modeled.

These forecasts were based on a combination of data from:

  • Detailed surveys, interviews and operator-by-operator modeling of the IMG-40 groups.
  • Studies of the deployments and strategies of the top 100 4G operators, as tracked by Rethink Technology Research’s quarterly surveys, interviews and desk research.
  • A survey of 25 tier one operators about their detailed plans for RAN deployments to 2021 and 5G plans.
  • Input from ecosystem vendors on shipments, technology strategies and competitive landscape, also updated quarterly.

Based on the surveys of operators and vendors, it was then calculated how those cell sites would be equipped – by base station type, technology, frequency band etc, leading to a detailed unit and market size measurement.

Data tables listed below

Table 1 - Macrocell installed base and deployments/upgrades (including software)
Table 2 - Macro layer base station deployments and upgrades, inc software, by region
Table 3 - Macro layer base station installed base by region
Table 4 - Macro base station deployments by technology
Table 5 - LTE or multimode macro layer base station deployments and upgrades
Table 6 - Macro base station capex 2014-2021
Table 7 - LTE and multimode macro layer deployments by base station type
Table 8 - Virtualized RAN macro site deployments by region
Table 9 - Support  for key LTE-Advanced features
Table 10 - LTE and multimode macrocell installed base by frequency band - bands supported, alone or in combination
Table 11 - LTE macrocell installed base by spectrum combination
Table 12 - LTE macrocell installed base by mode

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