RISC-V Targets Small Cell SoC Market


The PPT report provides an overview of the small cells SoC chip market with a focus on San Diego vendor Qualcomm plus a number of open RAN RISC-V based new entrants.

Table of Contents:

  • Small Cell Market 
    • Key OEMs
    • Market Size 
  • Small Cell SoC Market
  • Small Cell SoC Vendors
    • Qualcomm
    • EdgeQ
    • Picocom
    • Leapfrog Semiconductor
  • Summary

No. of Pages: 15

Publication Date: December 2023

5G Americas Recap: What is Coming with 5G Advanced?

Counterpoint Research attended the 5G Americas conference in Dallas, Texas. The event was well attended and packed full of interesting speakers and breakout sessions. The key speakers included NAM and Latam carriers, semi companies enabling wireless communications, infrastructure companies, 5G private network enablers, FCC representatives and more.

Read about our key takeaways on: 

  • Carrier news, network slicing and FWA
  • 5G private networks
  • Satellite
  • State of 5G and 6G planning
  • Automotive
  • Open RAN
  • Sustainability

Countdown to World Radio Conference (WRC-23) in Dubai


All eyes will be on Dubai in November as the World Radio Conference (WRC) brings together national administrations and telecom industry officials to review and update the global use of radio frequencies. Held every four years, the event runs from 20th November to 15th December. 

With only a few days to go, this Technology Report outlines the hopes and aspirations of the mobile industry for additional 5G (and 6G) spectrum and highlights competing interests within the industry and from other radio users. 

Table of Contents:

  • Snapshot
  • Introduction
  • Low-Band, sub-700MHz Spectrum
  • Mid-Band Spectrum
  • Global harmonization of 3.5GHz band
  • The 4.8-4.9GHz band
  • Upper 6GHz band
  • Spectrum for 6G
  • Satellite Spectrum
  • High Altitude IMT Base Stations (HIBS)
  • Viewpoint

No. of Pages: 10

Publication Date: November 2023

NG-LLS Fronthaul Standard – A Pivotal Moment For The 5G RAN Ecosystem?


One of the major challenges to the adoption of open RAN for 5G networks deployed in dense, urban environments is its sub-optimal support for massive MIMO radios. While there are several reasons behind this performance deficit, a key reason is that the current O-RAN Alliance 7.2x open fronthaul was not originally designed to accommodate massive MIMO radio systems. Recently, the O-RAN Alliance announced a new alternative fronthaul interface specification for use with massive MIMO radio systems.

This Technology Report provides an objective analysis of the O-RAN Alliance’s Next Generation Lower-Layer Split (LLS) and discusses the implications of the new interface on the adoption of open RAN massive MIMO radios.

Table of Contents

  • Snapshot
  • Key Takeaways
  • Introduction
  • Overview of Fronthaul Splits
  • The Split 7.2x vs Split 7.3 (or &7.2c) Debate
  • Next Generation Lower-Layer Split (NG-LLS)
    • Overview of ULPI Class B and Class A
    • WBDF vs ULPI
      • Beamforming
      • Equalisation
    • ULPI: Class B vs Class A
    • ULPI: Performance Gains vs Increased RU Complexity
    • Benefits of Equaliser in DU
    • Leveraging AI for Channel Estimation
    • Non-massive MIMO Use Cases
  • Implications for 5G RAN Ecosystem
  • Analyst Viewpoint

Number of Pages: 14

Publication Date: September 2023

5G SA Core Tracker, July 2023


This 5G Standalone (SA) tracker provides details of all 5G SA commercial launches to date, by the vendor and by region, plus an update on key trends and developments that have shaped the 5G SA market. Also included is a mobile core ecosystem diagram showing all the key players in both the public and private network markets and 5G Standalone Use Cases across different verticals, and technology applications including Network Slicing and Private Networks.

Table of Contents:

  • Overview
  • Market Update
  • 5G SA Market Deployments
    • Commercial Deployment by Operators
    • Network Engagements by Region
    • Network Engagements by Deployments Status
    • Leading 5G Core Vendors
    • Mobile Core Vendor Ecosystem
    • 5G Core Vendors Market Landscape
  • Outlook
  • 5G Standalone Use cases

Number of Pages: 31

Published Date: August 2023

Leveraging Technology To Create Greener Networks


This insight report provides an overview of the latest technology options available to operators to reduce total network power consumption and highlights industry best practices that will help them to achieve their net-zero targets.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Mobile Networks Power Pyramid
  • Enabling Energy Efficiency
    • Right Sizing and Upgrading Networks
    • Using AI/ML Intelligence to Reduce TCO
    • Switching off Legacy Networks
    • Upgrading to 5G SA and Adoption of Release 18
    • Other energy saving methods
  • Analyst Viewpoint

Number of Pages: 7

Published Date : July 2023

Saudi Arabia FWA and CPE Ecosystem Analysis and Forecast


The Saudi Arabia Fixed Broadband landscape has been maturing at a fast pace. By the end of 2022, 8.18 million households in Saudi had access to fixed broadband. This represents about 80% of the total households in the country and reflects a 2% YoY growth. Meanwhile, 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) will grow at a CAGR of 40.6% between 2021 and 2027. 5G FWA will grow as 5G network deployment picks up pace. It will become the dominant technology by the end of 2023.

This report provides a deep analysis of the adoption of the fixed broadband market by technology and operators. It also presents the outlook till 2027 on the 4G and 5G FWA subscribers and FWA-CPE. For 5G FWA, It provides key drivers of FWA adoption by operators, such as network readiness, ARPU, market maturity, and others. The report outlines drivers that will push the growth, and where the biggest drawbacks are.

Table of Contents:

FWA Technology

  • Key Takeaways
  • Country Spectrum Allocation by Carrier

Country Operators’ Strategy, Deployment and Forecast

  • 4G vs 5G FWA Pricing Strategy
  • Zain
  • Mobily
  • STC
  • Others
  • Carrier Comparison

Fixed Broadband Forecast

  • Saudi Arabia Fixed Broadband Overview
  • Saudi Arabia 5G FWA vs 4G FWA Subscription Forecast
  • Saudi Arabia 5G FWA by Operator Subscription Forecast

FWA CPE Forecast

  • Top-selling FWA Models
  • Saudi Arabia CPE Shipment Forecast by Technology (LTE/5G/mmWave), 2019-2027
  • Saudi Arabia CPE Shipment Forecast by OEM and Operator, 2019-2027
  • Saudi Arabia Household CPE ASP Forecast, 2019-2027

Number of Pages: 27

Publication Date: January 2023

Saudi Arabia FWA Subscriber and CPE Forecast – Consumer 2019-2027


The Saudi Arabia Fixed Broadband landscape has been maturing at a fast pace. By the end of 2022, 8.18 million households in Saudi had access to fixed broadband. This represents about 80% of the total households in the country and reflects a 2% YoY growth. Meanwhile, 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) will grow at a CAGR of 40.6% between 2021 and 2027. 5G FWA will grow as 5G network deployment picks up pace. It will become the dominant technology by the end of 2023.

This report provides actuals and outlook till 2027 on the 4G and 5G FWA subscribers and FWA-CPE unit sales. It also includes a forecast on the 4G and 5G FWA-CPE ASP in Saudi. It analyses the fixed broadband market by technology and operator’s (Zain, Mobily, STC, among others) performance and strategies.

Table of Contents:

  • Assumptions
  • Subscriber Forecast
  • CPE Shipments By Technology & ASP
  • CPE Shipments By OEM & Operator
  • Definitions
  • Contacts

Publication Date: January 2023

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