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This is part of Ovum’s 2017 Trends to Watch series. This report looks at what Ovum believes will be the major trends next year when it comes to the radio access network (RAN) market.


  • The RAN market remains a challenging area and the need for spectrum remains a constant concern. RAN vendors are looking for new growth areas, and everybody wants 5G and they want it now. All of these factors are driving market trends.

Features and Benefits

  • Get a better understanding of what will be top of mind and message for leading RAN vendors in 2017.
  • Get a better understanding of some of the major network architectural changes that vendors will be talking about in 2017.

Key questions answered

  • Why are vendors marketing fixed wireless access solutions?
  • What are some of the areas of the mobile network that vendors and operators plan to virtualize?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

Unlicensed and shared spectrum

  • Never-ending thirst for spectrum makes unlicensed and shared spectrum more attractive

Fixed wireless access makes a comeback

  • RAN vendors looking for new markets shift their focus toward fixed network opportunities

Acceleration of 5G

  • Vendors and operators may not know exactly what to do with 5G, but they cannot wait for it to get here

New network architectures

  • Early days for RAN virtualization, but progress is being made in the core network


  • Further reading
  • Authors

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