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O-RAN Market Segmentation By Type (AI-Empowered Embedded Intelligence, Open Interoperable Interfaces, White-Box & Virtualized Hardware Platforms and Open-Source Reference Implementations) and By Component (Orchestration & Automation, Intelligent Control, Radio Access Protocol Stack, Open Front Haul and Virtualization & White-box) - Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2028

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Extensive insights into the Growth of O-RAN Market, O-RAN Market demand, O-RAN Market Share Market amidst COVID-19

Before we witness the stabilization of economic growth in Europe and North America, Asia Pacific is estimated to bounce back progressively with countries such as China, India, South Korea and Japan witnessing more opportunities to recover from the losses sustained during COVID-19.

Being the biggest market in Eastern Europe, Russia is estimated to take the lowest hit, offering a sigh of relief to the businesses operating in the country. Whereas, GCC is estimated to observe low investments due to the sliding prices of crude oil.

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  • In June 2020, Nokia Corporation successfully ran the trial on the commercial 5G mmWave network of AT&T for its RICs in New York City.

  • In September 2020, Rakuten Mobile, Inc. signed a MoU to work together with Telefonica, S.A. to develop and support 5G OpenRAN architecture. Both the companies will work on OpenRAN, 5G Core and operations support systems (OSS).

Introduction to O-RAN

The O-RAN or open radio access network architecture aims to achieve openness in access networks and is based on interoperability and standardization of RAN elements. The O-RAN architecture, as shared by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, thrives to make radio accessibility more innovative and flexible. O-RAN proposes openness across 5G and all its predecessor network standards.

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Market Size and Forecast

The global O-RAN market is thriving on the back of the increasing applications of cloud-based services, virtual meetings, IoT and IIoT. Additionally, increasing adoption of advanced in-home entertainment systems, streaming of 3D & ultra-HD (8K) resolution video content, and applications involving virtual & augmented reality, which is raising the need for high-speed data amongst consumers and businesses are additionally driving the growth of the global O-RAN market.

The global O-RAN market is anticipated to record a significant CAGR throughout the forecast period, i.e. 2020-2028. The market is segmented by type into AI-empowered embedded intelligence, open interoperable interfaces, white-box & virtualized hardware platforms, and open-source reference implementations, out of which, the white-box & virtualized hardware platforms segment is anticipated to hold the largest market share on account of the need amongst telecom operators to reduce the cost of 5G deployment. The white-box base station, as specified by O-RAN, is designed to be energy-efficient, provide high performance and be spectral. The increase in the production volume of the equipment that are required for operating the O-RAN architecture, will allow several small and medium organizations to participate in the manufacturing process of these equipment, and therefore contribute to lower the per unit cost of these equipment. This will further ensure lower operational costs amongst the telecom operators in deploying the O-RAN architecture. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

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Growth Drivers

Increasing Demand for High Speed Internet

There is an increasing demand for high speed internet amongst end users backed by numerous factors which include applications that run on the internet, advancement in technology, increasing adoption of IoT and others. The demand for internet usage has also been added with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the transformation of working norms that require individuals to work from home over the internet. This has also been aided by the need amongst individuals to connect socially using mobile connected devices owing to the imposed lockdown across nations to avoid the spread of virus. Presently, there are around 5 billion internet users worldwide with China and India amongst the major consumers. Such factors have significantly increased the load on the existing telecom infrastructure, therefore raising the need amongst the telecom operators to deploy a new architecture. The concept of O-RAN is aimed at providing openness to telecom operators, RAN vendors and 3rd parties as it promotes the emerging technologies of AI and ML. The 5G technology, which is a successor to the 4G network standards, provides access to virtual reality. Increasing deployment of 5G base stations worldwide, backed by the rising investments by telecom operators, to aid the concept of O-RAN is further anticipated to drive the growth of the global O-RAN market during the forecast period.


High Investment Costs to Restrain Market Growth

The deployment of O-RAN network architecture is still in its developmental stage. With such huge investments put into the research and development of the concept, the probability of failure yet remains, which therefore raises the cost of investment of the telecom operators. Moreover, with such a new concept being taken into action, the whole architecture requires deployment of new equipment and replacement of the existing ones, which further adds on to the cost of operations. Such factors are anticipated to restrain the growth of the global O-RAN market.

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global O-RAN market includes the following segments:

By Type

  • AI-Empowered Embedded Intelligence
  • Open Interoperable Interfaces
  • White-Box & Virtualized Hardware Platforms
  • Open-Source Reference Implementations

By Component

  • Orchestration & Automation
    • O-RAN Service Management & Orchestration Framework
  • Intelligent Control
  • Radio Access Protocol Stack
    • O-RAN Macro Radios/Software Defined Radios
  • Open Front Haul
    • O-RAN Distributed Units (O-DU)
      • O-RAN Distributed Units High Layers (O-DU High)
    • O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU)
  • Virtualization & White-box

By Region

The global O-RAN market is segmented by regions into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region.

The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the largest market share on account of the increasing requirement of the telecom operators in the region to switch to 5G network, backed by the rising number of internet users in the region. During the 3rd Quarter of 2020, out of the total internet users worldwide, Asia registered 51.8% of the share, as per the statistics by the Internet World Stats. The market in the region is primarily anticipated to be driven by nations such as China, Philippines, Malaysia and others.

The global O-RAN market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis.
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis

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