"A leading role in 5G is at stake for major chip providers if they can create an end-to-end platform as networks move to the cloud."
Deploying a RAN on commodity hardware opens the door for merchant processor makers in the 5G market, but comes with the challenge to reduce costs significantly while supporting extremely demanding tasks. Only a few vendors will achieve the end-to-end platform that will make the cloud-RAN economically viable for the whole supply chain.
In this report, we answer the following questions.
- What are the critical success factors for large chip providers that are entering or defending their position in the 5G market?
- What will the 5G chip landscape look like, and how will it relate to the broader cloud infrastructure?
- How can new architecture resolve the conflict between falling network TCO requirements and the rising variety and complexity of network chips?
- How can NEPs and operators improve their 5G and cloud economics and reduce their overall costs by combining merchant platforms with open-source frameworks?