CBRS 5G Infrastructure Market Expected to Surpass $1B By 2023
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 | Comments

SNS Telecom & IT anticipates that annual investments in LTE and 5G New Radio (NR)-based radio access network (RAN) infrastructure for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networks will surpass $1 billion by 2023, despite the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After many years of regulatory, standardization and technical implementation activities, the United States' dynamic, three-tiered hierarchical framework to coordinate shared use of 150 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band has become a commercial reality. Although the shared spectrum arrangement is access technology neutral, the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) cellular wireless ecosystem is at the forefront of CBRS adoption, given the desirability of mid-band spectrum for both LTE and 5G NR network buildouts due to its optimal blend of propagation characteristics and capacity.

Following authorization of full commercial deployment (FCD) by the FCC and completion of the recent priority access license (PAL) auction, LTE-based CBRS network deployments are beginning to gain considerable momentum, with thousands of operational cell sites throughout the United States to support use cases as diverse as mobile network densification, fixed wireless access (FWA), neutral host infrastructure, and private cellular networks for enterprises and vertical industries. In the coming years, SNS also anticipates the rollout of 5G NR network equipment operating in the CBRS band, which will lay the foundations for advanced application scenarios with more demanding performance requirements in terms of throughput, latency, reliability, availability and connection density. Some examples include industrial internet of things (IoT) applications such as connected production machinery, mobile robotics, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and augmented reality (AR)-assisted troubleshooting.

The CBRS market remains largely unfazed by the economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of certain enterprise and vertical submarkets. SNS estimates that annual investments in LTE and 5G NR-based CBRS RAN infrastructure will account for more than $300 million by the end of 2020. Complemented by an expanding selection of CBRS-equipped end-user devices, the market is further expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 52% between 2020 and 2023 to surpass $1 billion in annual spending by 2023.

The “LTE & 5G NR-Based CBRS Networks: 2020 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents a detailed assessment of the market for LTE and 5G NR in CBRS spectrum including the value chain, market drivers, barriers to uptake, enabling technologies, key trends, future roadmap, business models, use cases, application scenarios, standardization, regulatory landscape, case studies, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also provides forecasts for LTE and 5G NR-based CBRS RAN infrastructure and terminal equipment from 2020 till 2030. The forecasts cover two air interface technologies, two cell type categories, five device form factors, seven use cases and ten vertical industries.

SNS expects initial rollouts of 5G NR network equipment in the CBRS band to commence in 2021, paving the way for industrial IoT and other advanced application scenarios with demanding performance requirements in terms of throughput, latency, reliability, availability and connection density.

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