Dell’Oro expects 5G SA growth to accelerate in 2023

Dell’Oro expects mobile core network (MCN) growth “to accelerate in 2023 for the market outside of China," according to new findings issued on the state of standalone (SA) 5G and the mobile core market at the end of 2022.  

“The worldwide market, excluding China, returned to a positive year-over-year growth rate in 4Q 2022, the first since 3Q 2021,” Dave Bolan, research director at Dell’Oro Group said in a company statement.

Dell'Oro's 5G gurus state that worldwide 5G SA-enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) network launches stood at 39 at the end of 2022. We’ll see if that figure changes at all because of Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week.

“We expect large tier-one [mobile network operators] MNOs, like Reliance Jio, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, to aggressively expand their 5G SA coverage in 2023, driving the market growth. In addition, we expect several more MNOs to launch new 5G SA eMMB networks in 2023,” Bolan added.

The firm said the top 5G MCN vendors for 2022 were Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE and Nokia.

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