The Rise of Massive MIMO and Open RAN in the 5G Era

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4Q 2020 | IN-5995


An Overview of the Massive MIMO Market


5G is being rapidly deployed across different regions, particularly for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) use cases, where enabling technologies such as massive Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (mMIMO) help Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to realize the full potential of 5G. Recent research findings show that Asia-Pacific will lead the mMIMO market with penetration of more than 70% across a forecast period from 2020 to 2026. This trend is due to the rapid adoption of 5G in countries such as China and South Korea. China has been aggressively deploying 64T64R mMIMO, while South Korea is rapidly deploying 32T32R mMIMO mainly due to space and mast weight constraints. This trend is followed by Europe with 10% market penetration. In contrast, other regions such as North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa illustrate lower participation towards the end of the forecast period.

In addition, as the industry moves towards an open, intelligent, and virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), recent research indicates that the Open RAN mMIMO will have approximately 10% ma…

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