GVR Report cover Wireless Infrastructure Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Wireless Infrastructure Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Technology (Macrocell RAN, Small Cells, RRH, DAS, Cloud RAN, Carrier Wi-Fi, Mobile Core, Backhaul), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-121-4
  • Number of Pages: 125
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2014 - 2015
  • Industry: Technology

Industry Insights

The global wireless infrastructure market size was valued at USD 69.44 billion in 2016 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.7% over the forecast period due to rising traction of 4G, LTE, and 5G high-speed data connectivity network infrastructure capabilities. The projected growth of wireless networking technology and associated devices is also owing to ongoing trends of BYOD, WYOD, cloud computing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in telecom applications. With growing network and technology infrastructure among different industry verticals, demand for high-speed data transmission and connectivity has increased considerably.

U.S. wireless infrastructure market

The term “wireless network infrastructure” has usually been used with regard to mobile core and macrocell RAN network infrastructure. However, the scope of the term has been expanding of late. Wireless carriers are increasing investments in HetNet infrastructure and heterogeneous networks, such as Distributed Antenna System (DAS), carrier Wi-Fi, and small cells nodes, to cope with coverage requirements and demand for increased capacity.

Issues regarding high R&D expenditures are expected to hinder the growth of the market over the forecast period. Network component manufacturers face certain constraints while carrying out their manufacturing processes on account of IP, copyright acts, and patent constrictions.

Technology Insights

The market has been segmented based on type of networking technology into Macrocell Radio Access Networks (RAN), Small Cells, Remote Radio Heads (RRH), Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Cloud RAN, Carrier Wi-Fi, Mobile Core, and Backhaul modules. Presently, Macrocell RAN forms the largest segment by revenue in the wireless infrastructure market. With the evolution of software, hardware, and dynamic networking technologies, wireless communications infrastructure has advanced further, incorporating numerous distributed Heterogeneous Networking (HetNet) technologies such as Cloud RAN and Carrier Wi-Fi.

Expanding network and technology infrastructure among different industry verticals has had a positive impact on the demand for high-speed data transmission and connectivity. Government sectors and IT and telecom enterprises across the globe are rapidly adopting wireless network and telecom solutions to optimize their day-to-day tasks and accomplish the same from remote locations.

Present-day wireless carriers are shifting their orientation toward C-RAN architecture. This architecture centralizes baseband functionality to be shared across a large number of distributed radio nodes. Compared to their counterparts’ standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN functionality delivers numerous economic and performance benefits such as enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility, and energy optimization.

Macrocell RAN infrastructure is anticipated to witness a gradual decline in investments and R&D expenditure. On the other hand, its counterparts, such as C-RAN, DAS, small cells, and fronthaul and backhaul infrastructure, will continue to witness immense growth opportunities in the years to come.The imminent 5G network technology is also slated to complement this growth, backed by rising R&D investments by wireless carriers and regional and national governments

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to witness the highest growth rate over the forecast period. This can be attributed to growing emphasis on cost-cutting strategies and demand for collaborations in the region.

Business process outsourcing (BPO), banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), government, telecom, logistics, and hospitality sectors are shifting toward sophisticated telecom communications to enable efficient collaboration and communication. Increasing adoption of wireless infrastructure also enables reduction in costs arising from international and domestic travel by executing novel technologies such as Unified Communications.

Global wireless infrastructure market

Regions such as Asia Pacific, South America, and MEA, where digitization and usage of Internet are increasing on a large scale, a considerable growth of wireless infrastructure is expected over the forecast period. Singapore and Hong Kong are expected to be key contributors to regional growth in the rest of APAC zone.

Favorable regulatory frameworks in the European Union are expected to play a crucial role in the development of the regional market. U.K., Spain, and France are expected to grow faster than the overall average. Data services are estimated to be key services driving growth over the next few years.

Wireless Infrastructure Market Share Insights

Key participants in the marketplace include Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.(U.S.); Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, Guangdong); Ericsson (Sweden); Samsung (Japan); and ZTE Corporation (China). In October 2016, Qualcomm, Inc. acquired NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Netherlands), a provider of mixed signal semiconductor electronic products. This acquisition enabled Qualcomm to extend its mobile technology segment.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 & 2015

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                  

Revenue in USD Billion and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, China, Japan, India, Brazil

Report coverage              

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global wireless infrastructure market report on the basis of technology and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2014 - 2025)

    • Macrocell Radio Access Networks (RAN)

    • Small Cells

    • Remote Radio Heads (RRH)

    •  Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

    • Cloud RAN

    • Carrier Wi-Fi

    • Mobile Core

    • Backhaul

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • MEA

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