5G is going to require a massive number of cell sites to achieve the low latency and high speeds envisioned. New sites will include everything from macro sites to small radios hung off of buildings or lamp posts in dense urban environments. And with these sites, additional fronthaul and backhaul will be required.
iGR’s new market study, Global Front/Backhaul Build Spending Forecast, 2018 – 2028: Connecting 5G around the globe, presents a summary of fronthaul and backhaul options for 5G and includes a ten-year forecast of front/backhaul build spending in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific between 2018 and 2028. The study also includes a discussion of global operators’ progress towards 5G and profiles of dozens of front/backhaul vendors.
“Fronthaul and backhaul will be critical to support a variety of planned 5G use cases,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. “And as our cost model shows, mobile operators around the world will have to invest significantly to provide the fronthaul and backhaul that will be necessary.”
iGR has created a network build cost model based on the amount of data the network is expected to be able to support and deliver. The cost model includes three major components: RAN (base station equipment and small cells), core (LTE EPC and 5G new core), and front/backhaul. The front/backhaul spending component is presented in iGR’slatest market study.