Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia and NEC are top 5G MCN suppliers

The top five global Mobile Core Networks (MCN) suppliers in the second quarter include Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, and Mavenir.
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The top five global 5G MCN suppliers in the second quarter of 2022 include Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia, and NEC.

China has outstripped the rest of the world for Mobile Core Networks (MCN) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) market revenue growth in Q2 2022.

Worldwide market growth in MCN and MEC decelerated compared to 1Q 2022, from mid-single-digit percentage year-over-year growth to low single-digit percentage growth, according to Dell’Oro Group.

The MCN market in China grew at a double-digit percentage growth rate in 2Q 2022 compared to the market outside China which had a negative growth rate. The China region invested 75 percent in 5G MCN infrastructure during the quarter while outside China, only 20 percent was invested in 5G MCN infrastructure.

“The pace of 5G MCN investments in the rest of the world pales by comparison to China. China has led the way since 2020 and does not look like it is ready to slow down,” said Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group.

In 2Q 2022, a new 5G Standalone (5G SA) Mobile Network Operator (MNO), China Broadnet, launched its 5G SA network, the fourth MNO to do so in China. Only two other 5G SA networks have launched in 2022, KDDI in Japan, and Dish Wireless in the United States.

China leads the world in 5G SA networks with a 5G Core.

China lead the world in 5G MEC deployments and 5G applications enabling consumers and enterprises to do more than the combined markets outside of China, though they only account for one-fourth of the MCN market investments.

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