Cloud-RAN facilitates high quality mobile communication maintaining spectrum efficiency. It offers various benefits such as saving energy and fluctuating traffic adaptability over traditional RAN systems for mobile communication. It is an efficient and innovative communication architecture designed to meet the rising data traffic. Cloud-RAN is based on base station virtualization and open-platform enabling dynamic allocation of resources through a centralized processing unit. Additionally, it uses multiple antennas which are closer to the end user to make a coordinated cluster of small cells supporting LTE functionality. It also supports future SDN and NFV deployments
Increasing technology advancements in telecommunication sector is expected to drive the cloud-RAN market. Increasing broadband access along with number of tablets and smart-phone may favor the global cloud-Ran market. Rising data traffic is expected to be key growth factor over the forecast period. Additionally, increasing need for economical communication solutions to reduce operational expenditures of the market players is further expected to fuel market growth.
High initial investments may hinder the global market over the forecast period. Fiber availability may act as a key challenge for market growth owing to which industry participants are aiming for its substitute in communication technology. The global cloud-RAN market can be segmented on the basis of components and services. Components consist of remote radio units, baseband units, optical transport networks, test & measurement equipments, servers and processors. Optical transport network is expected to be the key component segment over the forecast period which, consist of fiber, Ethernet and microwave. Cloud-Ran services consist of system integration, network services and custom services.
Key players in the global cloud-Ran market include Intel, Alcatel-Lucent, Agilent, Huawei, Datang Mobile, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Hitachi Data Systems, Texas Instruments, IBM, Intel and Xilinx etc.
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