This report analyses the adoption of Open RAN technology.

  • It reminds the global context of Open RAN development.
  • It also describes the different initiatives around the world promoting this technology.
  • The massive disruption in the ecosystem is also analysed, highlighting changes by segment:
    – Network equipment vendors (Open RAN solution vendors): RAN veterans and new entrants
    – MNOs implementing these solutions
  • The report also describes the various drivers and barriers to the development of the Open RAN market.
  • In the final section, it presents market estimates for Open RAN development by 2027 on a global basis.

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Global context
• Evolution of mobile access network architecture
• From core network virtualisation to RAN virtualisation
• The impact of vRAN on the ecosystem
• The rise of Open RAN
• Governments’ support

3. Impacts on ecosystem players
• Network virtualisation: transforming operators’ business
• Joint initiatives to accelerate an inevitable transition
• O-RAN Alliance and TIP
• The politics behind Open RAN adoption
• Synthesis

RAN suppliers
• New RAN equipment suppliers
• The new entrants
• Veteran RAN equipment suppliers
• Open RAN vendor ecosystem mapping
• Player profiles: Altiostar – Mavenir – Nokia – NEC – Dell Technologies – Intel

MNOs and MVNOs
• Synthesis
• Ecosystem – Active MNOs
• Ecosystem – Focus on Europe
• Player profiles: Telefónica – Vodafone – Dish Networks – Rakuten Mobile – Microsoft and Meta
• Synthesis
• Telcos and hyperscalers partnerships

4. Market dynamics
• Drivers and barriers
• Current issues claimed by European players
• Timeline at global level
• Focus on Europe
• Market sizing

Geographic area



  • Altiostar
  • Dell Technologies
  • Dish
  • Intel
  • Mavenir
  • Meta
  • Microsoft
  • Nec
  • Nokia
  • Rakuten Mobile
  • Telefónica
  • Vodafone

Other details

  • Reference: M00052MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: MNOs, network architecture, network equipment vendors, network virtualisation, Open RAN, Ran

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