Still, this was not enough to derail the positive momentum that has characterised the RAN market over the past couple of years. Preliminary estimates suggest that the overall 2G-5G RAN infrastructure equipment market recorded a seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the third quarter, Dell'Oro says.
"The RAN market remains on track for a fourth consecutive year of robust growth, underpinned by healthy demand for connectivity," said Dell’Oro Group analyst Stefan Pongratz.
"At the same time, more challenging comparisons combined with increased risks surrounding the supply chain will weigh on the market in 2022," continued Pongratz.
Additional highlights from the 3Q 2021 RAN report:
- Global RAN rankings remained unchanged with Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, and Samsung leading the market.
- RAN revenue shares are changing as on-going efforts by the US government to curb the rise of Huawei and improve supplier diversification are starting to show in the numbers, especially with new footprints outside of China.
- Preliminary estimates suggest Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung were the top three 5G RAN suppliers outside of China in the quarter.
- Following two consecutive years of double-digit growth, total RAN revenues are projected to advance 3 percent in 2022.
Dell'Oro Group says it's RAN Quarterly Report offers a complete overview of the RAN industry, with tables covering manufacturers’ and market revenue for multiple RAN segments including 5G NR Sub-6 GHz, 5G NR mmWave, LTE, macro base stations and radios, small cells, Massive MIMO, and Open RAN. The report also tracks the RAN market by region and includes a four-quarter outlook, the group concluded.
This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 25 November 2021.