Insight Research Explores Unprecedented Growth Opportunities in RAN Marketplace Through AI

Published on February 27, 2024

Insight Research unveils groundbreaking insights into the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Radio Access Network (RAN) vendor marketplace with their article “Unshackling the RAN Marketplace – The AI Way”. The findings, featured in the February 2024 edition of 5G Magazine hosted by TeckNexus, illuminate the intersection of AI and RAN, signaling a paradigm shift in the telecommunications industry.

The article, authored by  Kaustubha Parkhi- Principal Analyst at Insight Research, underscores the multifaceted role of AI in reshaping the RAN landscape, offering cellular operators unprecedented flexibility and choice in network design and deployment. Through direct and indirect means, AI and Machine Learning (ML) technologies are injecting diversity into the traditionally homogenous RAN vendor ecosystem.

Key industry players, including established leaders such as Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung Networks, alongside emerging contenders like VMware, Juniper Networks, and Qualcomm, are leveraging AI to drive innovation and disrupt conventional RAN paradigms. The article highlights the pivotal role of initiatives like Open RAN in providing a framework for integrating AI and ML constructs into RAN architecture.

A focal point of the analysis is the emergence of the RAN intelligent controller (RIC), which introduces new possibilities for network design, management, and optimization. Companies like Cohere Technologies, Aira Technologies, Rimedo Labs, and Net AI are showcased for their pioneering work in utilizing AI to address RAN challenges and capitalize on the opportunities presented by Open RAN.

Moreover, the article explores various AI-driven use cases in RAN, from energy management to traffic optimization, projecting significant market growth. Insight Research reveals that the market for AI deployment in RAN traffic optimization is expected to witness a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.5% during the period 2023-2028, indicating substantial opportunities for stakeholders in the RAN ecosystem.

These findings are also set to be included in Insight Research's upcoming report titled “AI and RAN – How fast will they run?”, providing in-depth analysis and forecasts for the AI-driven transformation of the RAN marketplace.

The comprehensive examination extends beyond industry giants to include upstarts and innovators like DeepSig Inc., Opanga Networks, and Nvidia, showcasing the diverse range of players contributing to the AI-driven transformation of the RAN marketplace.


“AI is dismantling the RAN walled-garden, layer-by-layer, xApp-by-xApp, rApp-by-rApp, and edge-by-edge,” remarks Kaustubha Parkhi, emphasizing the pervasive impact of AI on redefining the traditional paradigms of RAN.

Readers interested in exploring the full breadth of insights provided by Insight Research can access the complete article in the February 2024 edition of 5G Magazine, available on the TeckNexus website.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Manash Gogoi
Insight Research Corporation
Bengaluru, India

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