The global RAN market is expected to decline at a CAGR of 2 percent between 2015 and 2019, said Dell’Oro Group.
“We are still five years away from the first commercial 5G networks and worldwide LTE POP coverage is nearly 50 percent, whereas 3G coverage was less than 15 percent ten years ago, five years before the first 4G deployments materialized,” said Stefan Pongratz, RAN analyst at Dell’Oro Group.
The report said that the long multi-band, multi-carrier, multi-layer, multi-feature, multi-application LTE roadmap will ensure steady LTE investments, even after the initial 4G peak coverage phase, to ensure a smooth transition toward VoLTE, LTE-A, and eventually 5G.
The telecom analysis report said that the depth of the LTE roadmap will stimulate recurring upgrade / capacity business.
The total LTE market — macro and small cell – is expected to double between 2013 and 2019.
The size of the total Small Cell market including distributed radio systems is expected to grow more than ten-fold between 2014 and 2019.