Huawei retains Mobile Core Network leadership

The top five global Mobile Core Network (MCN) vendors for the third quarter of 2022 were Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia, and Cisco, according to Dell’Oro Group.
Huawei Harmony OSHuawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, and Mavenir were the top five global 5G MCN vendors for the third quarter.

The Mobile Core Networks (MCN) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) revenue growth declined in Q3 2022. That makes two quarters in a row with negative growth. Since last quarter, nine new Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have launched 5G Standalone (5G SA) networks, but it was not enough to offset the decline in 4G MCN and IMS Core markets.

The China region had a positive growth rate for the quarter, but it was not enough to offset the decline in the rest of the market, with the global market declining.

“Even with nine new MNOs launching 5G SA eMBB networks since last quarter, it was not enough to propel the MCN market into positive growth. Many of these new 5G SA networks recently launched were not country-wide, limiting the growth. In addition, the fall-off in 4G MCN and IMS Core market was more than anticipated,” Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group.

36 5G SA eMBB networks have been commercially deployed. The nine new 5G SA eMBB networks that MNOs launched since last quarter include Bell (Canada), AT&T and Verizon (USA), STC Bahrain, Telekom (Germany), Optus (Australia), Claro, TIM, and Vivo (Brazil).