Story image

IDC: 5G growth opens opportunity for infrastructure providers

07 Nov 18

A new report presents IDC's inaugural forecast for the worldwide 5G network infrastructure market for the period 2018–2022.

It follows the release of IDC's initial forecasts for Telecom Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and Network Functions Virtualisation Infrastructure (NFVI) in September and August 2018, respectively.

With the first instances of 5G services rolling out in the fourth quarter of 2018, 2019 is set to be a seminal year in the mobile industry.

5G handsets will begin to hit the market and end-users will be able to experience 5G technology firsthand.

From an infrastructure standpoint, the mobile industry continues to trial innovative solutions that leverage new spectrum, network virtualisation, and machine learning and artificial intelligence to create new value from existing network services.

While these and other enhancements will play a critical role, 5G NR represents a key milestone in the next mobile generation, enabling faster speeds and enhanced capacity at lower cost per bit.

Even as select cities begin to experience 5G NR today, the full breadth of 5G's potential will take several years to arrive, which will require additional standards work and trials, particularly related to a 5G NG core.

In addition to 5G NR and 5G NG core, procurement patterns indicate communications service providers (SPs) will need to invest in adjacent domains, including backhaul and NFVI, to support the continued push to cloud-native, software-led architectures.

Combined, IDC expects the total 5G and 5G-related network infrastructure market (5G RAN, 5G NG core, NFVI, routing and optical backhaul) to grow from approximately $528 million in 2018 to $26 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 118%.

IDC expects 5G RAN to be the largest market sub-segment through the forecast period, in line with prior mobile generations.

"Early 5G adopters are laying the groundwork for long-term success by investing in 5G RAN, NFVI, optical underlays, and next-generation routers and switches,” says IDC IoT and mobile network infrastructure senior research analyst Patrick Filkins.

“Many are also in the process of experimenting with the 5G NG core. The long-term benefit of making these investments now will be when the standards-compliant SA 5G core is combined with a fully virtualized, cloud-ready RAN in the early 2020s. This development will enable many communications SPs to expand their value proposition and offer customized services across a diverse set of enterprise verticals through the use of network slicing,"

The Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Forecast, 2018-2022 report presents IDC's inaugural forecast for the 5G network infrastructure market.

Revenue is forecast for both the 5G RAN and 5G NG Core segments and each of the three related sub-segments (NFVI, Routing Backhaul, and Optical Backhaul).

The report also provides a market overview, including drivers and challenges for communications service providers and advice for technology suppliers.

Is self-service BI living up to the hype?
the explosion of data available to a business and self-service BI tools is transforming how everyone works - but is self-service living up to expectations?
What the people say - Gartner’s November Customers’ Choices
A roundup of the latest Gartner Peer Insight Customers’ Choices from Backup and Recovery to Business Intelligence and Analytics, and more.
BlackBerry buys out cybersecurity AI firm Cylance
“We are eager to leverage BlackBerry’s mobility and security strengths to adapt our advanced AI technology to deliver a single platform.”
WA council first to adopt new Datacom tech for local government
The early adopter Shire of Majinup’s initial priority is to use Datascape to help it engage more closely with its community.
Five secrets – Workday’s 2019 winning formulas
We thoroughly investigate why business software vendor Workday believes 2019 will be their best year yet.
Exclusive: Strengths and limitations of the AWS/Cisco partnership
Iguazio CEO Yaron Haviv discusses whether the partnership really is a 'match made in heaven' and what it means for the industry.
Google Cloud CEO stepping down to welcome ex-Oracle exec
Google Cloud has grown significantly under Greene's tenure, but has involved tens of billions of dollars and little gains on AWS and Azure.
Why UCaaS is the channel’s ‘opportunity of the century’
The popularity of UCaaS has grown very fast, with larger organisations across major industries like financial services and healthcare embracing it.