The Mobile Capex: Worldwide Trends & Forecasts 2017-2025 - Mobile Capex to Not Grow as Quickly as Previously Anticipated, but will Reach $175.7 Billion by 2025 (With a CAGR of 4% During 2017-2022) -

DUBLIN--()--The "The Mobile Capex: Worldwide Trends and Forecasts 2017-2025" report has been added to's offering.

This is the second comprehensive forecast of every aspect of mobile capex. This report provides an invaluable analysis of the key capex trends for operators, vendors and investors, at a time when operators have become more cautious about their wireless spending than previously anticipated.

The report provides:

  • a detailed breakdown of mobile operator capex to 2025, well into the second wave of 5G deployments
  • an in-depth view of how 5G, as well as related developments such as virtualisation and automation, will affect patterns of investment
  • an in-depth look at vendor implications and the effect of open-source solutions on the supply chain
  • capex forecasts broken down into eight geographic regions plus China, and six categories of spending (RAN, core, IT, infrastructure, transformation and non-network assets)

Key Topics Covered

Worldwide Trends

  • Mobile capex will grow at a slower pace than previously forecasted until 2021, but growth will then accelerate as 5G is deployed worldwide
  • Mobile capex will continue to grow at a slow pace; investments in 5G RAN will only overtake those in 4G in 2023
  • MNOs in developed regions will gradually deploy 5G in urban areas, but those in developing regions will wait until the technology matures further and costs stabilise
  • 5G deployments will be the main driver of RAN capex growth in North America and developed Asia-Pacific until 2021
  • Segments other than RAN, such as physical infrastructure, transport and core, will also be high capex growth areas in the 5G era
  • 5G roll-outs are not as closely aligned to digital investments as previously expected; 5G capex growth will therefore be slower than anticipated until 2023

Vendor Implications

  • RAN vendors are well-positioned to benefit from delivering services beyond hardware to MNOs
  • A new supply chain will depress capex growth if it is fully embraced by MNOs for 5G

Western Europe

  • MNOs in WE will start spending on 5G from 2019 as major 4G upgrades come to an end; they will continue to invest in R&D activities to ensure regional competitiveness

Central & Eastern Europe

  • The 4G market in CEE is competitive and subscribers are moving to higher plans as their demands for data services grow

Middle East & North Africa

  • Some MNOs in MENA will launch full 5G services in 2019, while others will need to ensure that their 4G networks are in line with the demands of the customer base

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The population in SSA is diverse and young, and MNOs are encouraging data consumption through better networks and device subsidies

Emerging Asia-Pacific

  • In a prepaid region such as EMAP, MNOs will wait for virtualisation technology to mature and become commercial before migrating to 5G
  • There is strong interest in 5G investments in China and this is reflected in continued high spending

Developed Asia-Pacific

  • DVAP has the second highest ARPU in the world after NA, meaning that MNOs can continue to invest high levels of capex in order to deploy new platforms early

North America

  • MNOs in NA are the pioneers of 5G and will continue to invest in high-capacity networks to meet customer and competition demands

Latin America

  • MNOs in LATAM will continue to build 4G networks in the near term, but low ARPU and a large number of unconnected people remain challenges

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
Related Topics: Mobile Networks