Telco Cloud Europe update: Open RAN approaching tipping point

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Telco cloud continues to be deployed worldwide. A wave of recent deployments has been driven by 5G launches, and multiple factors may soon drive large-scale open RAN deployments

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Format: PDF filePages: 36 pagesCharts: 11Author: David MartinPublication Date: October 2020

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: Telco cloud deployments on track for growth again in 2020
    • Ninth update of the ‘Telco Cloud Tracker’: from ‘NFV’ to ‘telco cloud’
    • Scope and content of the Tracker
  • 5G core drives new growth in 2020
    • Deployments are on the rise again
    • Growth has been consistent across almost all regions
    • Europe also on track to maintain its record of year-on-year growth
    • Deployments in Europe are still dominated by the major players, but smaller telcos are catching up
    • Vendors: Ericsson in close second place behind Cisco owing to strong presence in mobile core
  • Open RAN at a TIPping point in Europe
    • European telcos are playing a leading role in open RAN
  • Conclusion: Growth being driven by 5G – with open RAN waiting in the wings
    • Worldwide surge in NSA 5G core deployments
    • NSA 5GC is now nearly the leading VNF overall in Europe
    • … with cloud-native, SA 5GC coming down the pipeline
    • … and waiting in the wings: open RAN
    • These overlapping waves of innovation will make telco cloud mainstream

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Total number of deployments worldwide, 2014 to July 2020
  • Figure 2: Total number of deployments worldwide, 2014 to July 2020
  • Figure 3: Total deployments by region, 2014 to July 2020
  • Figure 4: Total number of deployments, Europe, 2014 to 2020
  • Figure 5: Leading VNFs deployed in Europe, 2014 to July 2020
  • Figure 6: Global deployments by Europe-based by operators, 2014 to July 2020
  • Figure 7: Total deployments by leading vendors to July 2020, Europe
  • Figure 8: Virtual RAN (vRAN) with BBU and RRH from a single vendor
  • Figure 9: Open RAN facilitated by open interfaces between the BBU and RRU, along with virtualisation and distribution across the telco cloud
  • Figure 10: Open RAN activities by leading European telcos
  • Figure 11: Open RAN activities of European telcos in the context of their overall engagement in virtualisation and telco cloud

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G core, Cloud, Europe, MANO, nfv, open RAN, SD-WAN, SDN, telco cloud, Tracker, vCPE, Virtualisation