5G networking infrastructure spend to double in 2020 — Gartner

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Gartner says that worldwide 5G networking infrastructure spend will almost double in 2020, with 5G investments set to reach 21.3% of total wireless infrastructure 5G investment will exceed LTE/4G in 2022.
5G networking infrastructure market revenue will almost double in 2020 to reach $8.1 billion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner.
Total wireless infrastructure revenue is expected to decline 4.4% to $38.1 billion in 2020.
Investment by communications service providers (CSPs) in 5G network infrastructure accounted for 10.4% of total wireless infrastructure revenue in 2019. This figure will reach 21.3% in 2020 (see Table 1).
“Investment in wireless infrastructure continues to gain momentum, as a growing number of CSPs are prioritising 5G projects by reusing current assets including radio spectrum bandwidths, base stations, core network and transport network, and transitioning LTE/4G spend to maintenance mode,” said Kosei Takiishi, senior research director at Gartner.
“Early 5G adopters are driving greater competition among CSPs. In addition, governments and regulators are fostering mobile network development and betting that it will be a catalyst and multiplier for widespread economic growth across many industries.”
Increased competition among CSPs is causing the pace of 5G adoption to accelerate.
Gartner suggests that new O-RAN (open radio access network) and vRAN (virtualised RAN) ecosystems could disrupt current vendor …

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