End of the Traditional RAN: Shakeout Looms; New networks offer to reduce cost of delivering data by 75%

FARMINGTON, Conn., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The radio access network (RAN) industry is poised for a serious shakeout in the next few year as RAN investment will shift to software, according to Maravedis-Rethink's new report entitled "Forecast the New RAN: How carriers will monetize the data deluge."

While hardware becomes more commoditized, operators will increase efficiency and value in their RANs by adopting software-defines technologies such as virtualization. "For the first time in a decade, there is a real prospect of a shake-up in the RAN vendor landscape, and the winners will be those who innovate not just in network topology but in software," notes Caroline Gabriel, author of the report.

Small cells and distributed RANs, the twin hallmarks of the new mobile broadband network, are squeezing revenues from traditional base stations. Macrocell shipments will reach their peak in 2016 at nearly 1.6 million units and then decline by 2018, provoking a huge disruption to the economics of the RAN and the suppliers' rankings.

While Ericsson and Huawei remain dominant in 2013, the new analysis highlights their vulnerabilities as smaller suppliers, not to mention Cisco, enter their territory on the back of metrocells and software innovations. For mobile operators, the new networks offer to reduce the cost of delivering data by 75% compared to conventional designs.

Read more or request a free sample from the full report at http://www.giiresearch.com/annual/mar253506-ran-service.html

The "Forecast the New RAN: How carriers will monetize the data deluge" report is part of Maravedis' RAN service and is available for purchase separately. Please contact GII at us-info@gii.co.jp or 860-674-8796 for the price.

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MOSA - Mobile Operators Strategies Analysis Service

At the heart of the new Mobile Operator Strategy Analysis (MOSA) service is the MOSA Matrix. This assesses the top 100 4G operators against the 10 key technology and business trends, identified by Maravedis-Rethink as critical for business success. The other side of the MOSA Matrix is Imago, which assesses key vendors of 4G network equipment in terms of leadership and innovation, drawing heavily on feedback from the MOSA Top 100 operators. Imago tracks all the key elements of the 4G RAN, backhaul and core. The first two categories are metrocells (public access small cells) and distributed macrocells.

For more information about MOSA please visit our website at http://www.giiresearch.com/annual/mar253503-mosa-mobile-operators-strategies-analysis-service.html

Annual individual in-depth reports part of the MOSA service are available for separate purchase, contact GII for more information.

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