Breaking NXP’s Monopoly: Emerging Players in the RF Front-End Industry

With the exponential growth of mobile traffic, operators continue to invest in 5G networks. At the end of 2022, the mobile market represented 1.23 billion smartphones and 6.9 million radio units, of which more than 600 million smartphones and almost 1.5 million radio units were 5G. According to Yole Intelligence, part of Yole Group, Chinese MNOs continued their rapid BTS rollout in 2022, representing half of the global BTS deployment. Indian operators are ambitiously deploying 5G networks. This will lead to a peak in radio unit deployment in 2023, with more than 7.5 million units deployed globally.

According to Cédric Malaquin, team lead analyst for RF activity within the power and wireless division at Yole Intelligence, “The RFFE market for macro BTS reached US$3.2 billion in 2022 and is forecast to grow to US$3.8 billion in 2028. In 2023, we expect to see significant increases in volume and value, mainly driven by the launch of India’s 5G network. In addition, the market is expected to continue growing in numbers, supported by a higher penetration of massive MIMO antennas.”

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