Peter Chachin | 06.03.2021
According to a report by Juniper Research, the number of international 5G roaming subscribers will reach 147 million by 2025, up from 4.3 million in 2021 – a growth rate of 3,300% over the next
four years. This increase will be driven by the proliferation of fifth generation standalone networks (5G SA) after the pandemic.
The report notes that autonomous 5G SA architectures leveraging next-generation core networking technologies and high levels of virtualization will help operators
create attractive 5G roaming packages for subscribers.
The study also predicts that a higher degree of software-defined network applications in 5G SA networks will create greater efficiency in voice and roaming traffic routing.
data, reducing operator investment required to provide 5G roaming services.
Juniper’s new study, Mobile Roaming: Emerging Opportunities, Regional Analysis & Market Forecasts 2021-2025, argues that non-standalone (NSA) 5G architectures,
using the same underlying network technologies as 4G will not be enough for operators to launch cost-effective international 5G roaming services.
Despite a global pandemic that has caused a significant reduction in international roaming traffic, the study urges operators not to implement roaming agreements in non-autonomous 5G
NSA structures and immediately focus on creating 5G roaming agreements on an autonomous architecture.
“The current decline in international roaming traffic should not be used as a reason to neglect future roaming activities,” said report author Scarlett Woodford.
Woodford). – Given that it can take 12 to 18 months to create roaming agreements, operators should focus on autonomous 5G roaming agreements now, preparing for
market recovery “.
The study found that operators in North America and the Far East are leading 5G roaming agreements. According to the company’s forecasts, by 2025 more than 35% of 5G-roaming subscribers will be
fall in these two regions. However, research warns that these early agreements should be expanded to include 5G autonomous roaming capabilities, as the prevalence
online networks are decreasing.