SON revenue expected to grow to more than US$5bn by end of 2020, says SNS
SNS Research estimates that despite challenges relating to implementation complexities and multi-vendor interoperability, SON revenue is expected to grow to more than $5 Billion by the end of 2020.
A new 247-page report entitled, The SON (Self-Organising Networks) Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts, includes 61 tables and figures. It tackles key questions around self-organising networks such as how big is the SON and mobile network optimisation ecosystem, and How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
The report also examines the likely size of the market in 2020 and the rate it which it will grow; the trends, challenges and barriers influencing its growth; the key SON vendors and their strategies; and the outlook for quality of experience (QoE)-based SON solutions.
Other topics covered include:
- How can SON ease the deployment of unlicensed LTE small cells?
- What SON capabilities will 5G networks entail?
- What is the outlook for C-SON and D-SON adoption?
- How will SON investments compare with those on traditional mobile network optimisation?
- What opportunities exist for SON in mobile core and transport networks?
- How will SON use cases evolve overtime in 3GPP releases?
- Which regions will see the highest number of SON investments?
- How much will mobile operators invest in SON solutions?
- What is the outlook for SON associated OpEx savings by region?
The report finds that, despite challenges relating to implementation complexities and multi-vendor interoperability, SON revenue is expected to grow to more than US$5 billion by the end of 2020, “exceeding conventional mobile network optimisation revenue by a significant margin.”
It also says that mobile operators have reported reductions of up to 50% in dropped calls, and more than 20% higher data rates with SON implementation. Besides common network optimisation use cases, operators are also capitalising on SON platforms to address critical business objectives such as refarming 2G/3G spectrum for LTE networks.
In a bid to differentiate their products, Wi-Fi access point OEMs are beginning to integrate SON features such as plug-and-play deployment, autonomous performance optimisation, self-healing and proactive defense against unauthorised access, says SNS Research. SON platforms are moving from reactive systems to more advanced implementations that incorporate predictive analytics technology to make necessary changes to a network before any degradation occurs.
The report’s authors add that infrastructure and software incumbents are continuing to acquire smaller established C-SON players to accelerate their entry path into the C-SON market.
The report covers the following topics:
- Conventional mobile network planning & optimisation
- SON technology and architecture
- Key benefits and market drivers of SON
- Challenges to SON adoption
- SON use cases
- SON deployment case studies
- Future roadmap of the SON ecosystem
- Company profiles and strategies of over 120 SON ecosystem players
- OpEx and CapEx saving analysis of SON
- Wireless network infrastructure spending, traffic projections and value chain
- Convergence of SON with Big Data, predictive analytics and DPI
- Strategic recommendations for SON solution providers, wireless infrastructure OEMs and mobile operators
- Market analysis and forecasts from 2016 till 2030
The report is available with a single user licence for $2,500, or a Company-wide licence for $3,500.
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