China Will Use Over 70% of the Industry's 5G RF Transceivers in 2020

According to a new report published by Mobile Experts on the Macro Base Station Transceiver Market, the implementation of massive MIMO n 5G systems is changing. Mobile Experts saw a shift away from the dominant position of 64T64R mMIMO, toward 32T32R systems. During initial 5G system roll-outs, the distinct preference was to used achieve the best coverage and data rate, leading to a large deployment of 64T64R mMIMO antenna solutions. However, things have started to change now.

This new report covers three major themes that will shape the future of 5G:
  • China's tremendous surge of 5G deployment:  This report provides detailed specifications and timing for the ramp;
  • Key 5G rollouts in Korea: Deployment and what is next?
  • Expectations for the United States and Europe: The report provides a breakdown by band and by MIMO configuration to illustrate when key 5G networks will ramp up.

The explosion of shipments in 2019 due to massive MIMO and 5G base stations will continue into 2020 and will target the Chinese market. Mobile Experts has done the work to verify Chinese demand will continue through 2021 and likely beyond. The forecast includes 2G through 5G macro base stations below 6 GHz. Small cells and mm-wave infrastructure are covered in separate reports, because the dynamics for these products are very different than the macro market. Like in 2019, China will continue to be the main volume driver as additional cities get their 5G networks. This report also considered the countries that convert their trial networks to live commercial systems.

The 5G snowball is gaining momentum - According to the report the pace of deployments in 2020 will continue the frantic pace they set in 2019. It's also gaining weight as areas with early deployments extend the overall coverage area, fill in gaps and start implementing applications that 5G systems can offer. Many new countries will launch 5G during the 2021 to 2025 timeframe, propelling 5G and the market forward.

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