5G Infrastructure Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The 5G Infrastructure Market is Segmented by Communication Infrastructure (5G RAN, 5G Core Network, Transport Networks), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

5G Infrastructure Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 53.01 %

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Market Overview

The 5G infrastructure market was valued at USD 3,466.85 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 53821.38 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 53.01%, during the forecast period 2021-2026.

  • The 5G infrastructure market is expected to revolutionize the domain of various broadband services and is supposed to empower connectivity across different end-user verticals. According to GSMA, around 45% urban coverage level has been achieved for 5G networks in the early deployment trails. Countries like China, India, and others plan to implement a 5G network by 2020, which requires large amounts of capital investment in 5G capable infrastructure.
  • A majority of the 5G networks are likely to be composed of small cells. They also help providers reduce costs by eliminating expensive rooftop systems and installation costs, and they are expected to help improve the performance and battery life of mobile handsets.
  • Moreover, companies are investing in the development of 5G core services and architecture. For instance, ZTE Corporation, in January 2019, completed the IMT-2020 third phase of the 5G test for core network performance stability and security function, thoroughly verifying the maturity of ZTE’s 5G core network.
  • 5G technology is expected to unleash a massive IoT ecosystem that would allow networks to serve billions of connected devices. For instance, according to Ericsson's Mobility Report of June 2019, more than 10 million 5G mobile subscriptions were anticipated globally by the end of 2019. This is indicative of the fact that the market is poised to grow throughout the forecast period.
  • The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to affect the 5G infrastructure market. For instance, Huawei announced delays in launching 5G mobile networks in Europe. Additionally, the longer the COVID-19 sustains, the more difficult it becomes for the supply chain's functioning in the infrastructure market, through bottlenecks in raw material access, production, and distribution.
  • Also, the recent announcement by 3GPP to delay the 5G standard updates due to COVID-19 will impact Releases 16 and 17, which had to include critical standards for further developing the technology.

Scope of the Report

5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks and is a significant evolution of 4G LTE networks. 5G has been designed to meet the substantial growth in data and connectivity of today’s modern society, the internet of things(IoT) with billions of connected devices, and other forthcoming innovations.

Increasing consumer mobile bandwidth demand and connectivity for IoT and sensor devices for smart city applications, along with emerging applications, like augmented reality (AR) and self-driving cars, support the development of the 5G infrastructure. The study captures the trends and vendor activity across the value chain of the market.

Communication Infrastructure
5G Radio Access Networks
5G Core Network
Transport Networks
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Machine-to-Machine/IoT Connections is Expected to Drive the Market

  • Emerging applications and business models, coupled with falling device costs, have been instrumental in driving IoT adoption and, consequently, the number of connected devices - connected cars, machines, meters, wearables, and consumer electronics.
  • According to Ericsson, it is estimated that the 400 million IoT devices with cellular connections in 2016 are projected to reach 1.5 billion in 2022. This robust growth is expected to be driven by increased industry focus on deploying a connected ecosystem and the standardization of 3GPP cellular IoT technologies.
  • While existing 4G and 3G, Wi-Fi, and wireless mesh networks are already being utilized in these smart devices around the world, they are limited by the number of connections they can support, the data can transmit, and most importantly, the speed they can offer, which are hurdles to the IoT revolution.
  • Industrial Revolution 4.0 is aiding cellular connectivity throughout the industry through the rise of IoT and machine to machine connections, which have been instrumental in driving the market.
5G Infrastructure Market Latest Trends

Europe is Expected to Register a Significant Growth Rate

  • Europe is expected to account for a significant portion of the global demand in the 5G infrastructure market, due to the presence of large vendors and carriers' investment to launch technology in this region.
  • The joint venture of the European Commission and European ICT industry to provide 5G infrastructure public-private partnership (5G PPP) will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies, and standards for the coming generation. The aim is to save up to 90% of energy per service provided and also the focus will be on mobile communication networks where the dominating energy consumption comes from the radio access network.
  • Germany and the United Kingdom are actively involved in testing 5G technology. For instance, Vodafone is trialing 5G at the MediaCity UK tech hub in Salford and is rolling out tests in other areas, such as Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, London, and Manchester. 
5G Infrastructure Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The 5G Infrastructure market is fragmented and is based on new product launches and proven results of the latest products. Hence, the leading industry pioneers have used different approaches, including high investments in R&D, new product launches, market initiatives, agreements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations, and other strategies to expand their presence in this market. Key players in the market are Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, among others.

  • February 2020 - Mavenir announced a strategic partnership with Turkcell, which is Turkey’s major digital operators. The alliance will test and deploy OpenRAN vRAN within the Turkcell Group, initially in Turkey's home market. The Mavenir vRAN architecture and platform will support 4G and both the NSA and SA implementations of 5G NR. The Virtual RAN solution will be deployed on Turkcell Telco Cloud, and it will be going live on Turkcell Edge Cloud.
  • January 2020 - NEC Corporation announced the development of millimeter-wave distributed antennas (MIMO) for the efficient use of 5G millimeter-wave spectrum (28GHz band). This newly developed product has resolved the issues of shielding and diffraction of propagation paths for interior mobile communications using millimeter-wave communication. This technology applies the company’s proprietary massive MIMO, which combines many independent antennas, to deliver high-speed, high-capacity communications with stable communication quality.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.3.5 Threat of Substitute Products

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Increasing Machine-to-Machine/IoT Connections Due to Involvement of Various Devices

      2. 4.4.2 Increasing Demand for Mobile Data Services

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 High Initial Capital Expenditure due to Deployment of Network Architecture Model and Spectrum Challenges

    6. 4.6 Key Use-Cases Driving 5G (Automotive, Industrial, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities, Public Infrastructure)

    7. 4.7 Assessment of Impact of Covid-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Communication Infrastructure

      1. 5.1.1 5G Radio Access Networks

      2. 5.1.2 5G Core Network

      3. 5.1.3 Transport Networks

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World

        1. Latin America

        2. Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Cisco Systems Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP

      3. 6.1.3 Mavenir Systems Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 NEC Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Nokia Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Oracle Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericson

      9. 6.1.9 ZTE Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

      11. 6.1.11 Qucell Networks Co. Ltd.

      12. 6.1.12 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

      13. 6.1.13 Airspan Networks Inc.

      14. 6.1.14 CommScope Holding Company Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
    3. 6.2 Key Players in the Value Chain

      1. 6.2.1 Intel Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 MediaTek Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Marvell Technology Group Ltd (Cavium Inc.)



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Frequently Asked Questions

The 5G Infrastructure Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The 5G Infrastructure Market is growing at a CAGR of 53.01% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Mavenir Systems Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia Corporation are the major companies operating in 5G Infrastructure Market.

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