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This research note provides an overview of Ovum's annual radio access network (RAN) revenue forecast. It highlights some of the key trends expected for sales of RAN equipment and software to 2021, with projections by technology and region.


  • The Asia-Pacific region, and especially China, played a big role in keeping 2015 revenues from declining below 2014 levels.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn how quickly investments in older RAN technologies will decline.
  • Learn which markets will lead in early 5G investments.

Key questions answered

  • How much will be spent on LTE RAN equipment between now and 2021?
  • What share of total RAN revenues will be spent on 5G gear in 2021?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Asia-Pacific, especially China, provided a bright spot in 2015
  • For the next several years 5G will be much more talk than actual dollars
  • LTE-Advanced Pro is key to short-term and long-term success


  • Further reading
  • Author

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