Cloud RAN Cost and Capacity Benefits Quantified in New Market Research

Three Case Studies Reveal where CRAN works and where it doesn’t

CAMPBELL, California, USA-December 18, 2013. Mobile Experts released a 75-page market study today, which provides detailed analysis of Cloud RAN architecture. The detailed study investigates the costs and benefits of implementing Cloud RAN, weighing new deployment against the cost savings and capacity enhancements enabled by Cloud RAN architectures.

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts explained, “Mobile Experts worked in collaboration with Frank Rayal at Xona Partners, to interview dozens of companies and fully investigate the impact of centralized baseband processing.   We have been able to isolate the key factors which will lead to Cloud RAN implementation in some markets, but not in others.”

“Our Cost-Benefit analysis shows that Cloud RAN processing will have a big impact in future LTE-Advanced networks”, explained Frank Rayal of Xona Partners, the primary author of this report.  “Coordinated MultiPoint (CoMP) and enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination will work much better in a Cloud RAN environment.  We’ve built a model which clearly shows the important factors which drive success for this architecture, and we’ve been able to use our model to create a forecast for future adoption.”

This 75-page market study includes more than 51 charts and exhibits, including:

• Technical Descriptions for Centralized RAN and Cloud RAN architectures;
• Analysis of how CRAN architectures compete with small cells and may converge with small cells in the future;
• A cost comparison to DAS networks for large venue applications;
• Cost/Benefit Analysis on Cloud RAN in the macro layer and in the HetNet environment;
• Monte Carlo analysis of sensitivity of the Cloud RAN business case for operators;
• 5-year forecasted deployment for:
• High power Remote Radio Heads for Base Station Hotel architectures;
• High power RRHs for C-RAN architectures;
• Low power RRHs deployed into C-RAN networks;
• TDD and FDD adoption for Cloud RAN.

About Mobile Experts LLC:

Mobile Experts provides insightful market analysis for the mobile infrastructure and mobile handset markets.  Our analysts are true experts, who remain focused on topics where each analyst has 20 years of experience or more.  Research topics center on technology introduction for radio frequency (RF) and communications innovation.  Recent publications focus on Small Cells, Semiconductors for Small Cells, Macro Base Station TransceiversSemiconductors for RRH, Active Antenna Systems, Backhaul for Small Cells, DAS, and Carrier Wi-Fi.

About Xona Partners:

Xona Partners is a boutique advisory services firm specialized in telecom, media and technology. Founded by a team of renowned technologists and startup founders, managing directors in global ventures, and investment advisors, Xona draws on its founders’ cross-functional expertise to offer a unique multi-disciplinary integrative technology and investment advisory service to private equity, venture funds, and technology companies that includes pre-investment due-diligence, post-investment full-lifecycle management and new-revenue generation. Xona operates from four regional hubs in San Francisco, Singapore, Dubai and Paris.


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Mobile Experts LLC

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