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This report looks at the latest market trends in open RAN and virtual RAN solutions and how they might affect the established base station market.


  • Opening the interfaces in the base station will create a window for newer, and smaller, RAN vendors to eat away at the major RAN vendors' market share.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses recent announcements involving open RAN and virtual RAN at MWC 2018.
  • Explains why some operators are hesitant to adopt open RAN and virtual RAN.

Key questions answered

  • Who are the winners and losers in open RAN and virtual RAN?
  • How long until open RAN and virtual RAN start to be adopted by mobile operators?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • Open RAN and vRAN are related but not the same
  • Open RAN and vRAN were big stories at MWC 2018

Market dynamics

  • Hopes of cost savings, flexibility, best of breed, and 5G are driving interest
  • Open RAN and vRAN present several challenges

Market outlook

  • Limited near-term impact on RAN market
  • Open RAN and vRAN will separate BBU and radio sales opportunities
  • How open RAN and vRAN could change the market landscape


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author