After seeing annual increases of 40 to 50 percent between 2017 and 2021, global RAN revenues dropped for the second quarter in a row in 3Q 2023, according to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group. While the global numbers have been dragged down by RAN investment reductions in North America, it could be worse, according to Stefan Pongratz, Vice President for RAN market research at Dell’Oro Group.
“This remarkable RAN/capex decline in the U.S. market is partially offset by more favorable conditions elsewhere,” Pongratz said. Offsetting the U.S. decline has been the 5G growth in India, as well as upward ticks in the Middle East and Africa regions. Additionally, activity in most advanced 5G markets outside of North America remains elevated, Pongratz added.
Outside of North America, global RAN revenues actually recorded a third consecutive quarter of growth, according to the report. However, the global RAN market is on track to decline in 2023 and 2024, as the 5G deployment pace in India slows.