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Ovum has identified four key areas relating to the radio access market that will be the subject of important developments and much industry discussion in 2016.


  • Despite huge technological change, the radio access market is having a difficult time. Equipment sales are slowing as LTE matures and network rollouts in many of the world’s major markets near completion.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses four factors that will shape the radio access market in 2016
  • Provides recommendations to service and content providers as well as vendors.

Key questions answered

  • What are the major trends to watch for in the radio access market during 2016?
  • What recommended actions should CSPs and vendors be taking to address these important areas?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

Quality of experience

  • CSPs will benefit from vendors’ drive for improved quality-of-experience monitoring

Small cell marketing

  • Vendor marketing shifts from the product to install strategies

4.5G as the road to 5G

  • Extending LTE capabilities will be a priority for vendors wanting to stay in the 5G race

5G will loom large in 2016

  • 5G’s impact will be felt in both the vendor and operator community


  • Authors

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