Report Overview

Juniper Research’s new 5G Roaming Strategies research provides a comprehensive assessment of current 5G deployments and roaming agreements, as well as valuable insights into the future of 5G roaming services.

The research provides critical reading for stakeholders; providing in-depth analysis of roaming value-added services and key player benchmarking in the Juniper Research leaderboard.

This research suite includes:

  • Deep Dive Strategy & Competition (PDF)
  • 5-Year Deep Dive Data & Forecasting (PDF)
  • Executive Summary & Core Findings (PDF)
  • 12-months access to harvest online data platform
Key Market Statistics
Market Size in 2021: $18.0bn
Market Size in 2026: $72.4bn
2021 to 2026 Market Growth: 302.8%

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Key Features

  • Key Stakeholder Recommendations: A set of strategic insights for network operators, standards bodies and service providers.
  • Regional Analysis: An assessment of commercial 5G networks and established 5G roaming agreements between operators across 8 key geographic regions, including future insights.
  • Value-Added Services Assessment: An impact analysis of roaming value-added services on future 5G deployments, including:
    • Data & Financial Clearing
    • GRX/IPX
    • Home Environment Services
    • Roaming Analytics
    • Roaming Hubs
    • Sponsored Roaming
    • Steering of Roaming
  • Benchmark Forecasts: 5-year forecasts are provided for smartphone subscribers, consumer devices and IoT devices, including connections, 5G data roaming traffic and data revenue.
  • Juniper Research Leaderboard: Key player capability and capacity assessment of 15 leading service providers, including:
    • A1 Telekom Austria Group
    • BICS
    • Cellusys
    • Comfone
    • Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier
    • EMnify
    • Etisalat Carrier and Wholesale
    • iBASIS
    • Mobileum
    • Nextgen Clearing
    • Syniverse
    • Tata Communications
    • Telefonica Global Solutions
    • TOMIA
    • Vodafone Roaming Services
  • Interviews with leading service providers:
    • Cellusys
    • EMnify
    • iBasis
    • Mobileum
    • Syniverse
    • Tata Communications
    • Telefónica Global Solutions
    • TOMIA

Key Questions Answered

  1. How much will the 5G roaming market be worth by 2026?
  2. Which roaming value-added services will be vital for 5G networks?
  3. How has COVID-19 impacted the establishment of 5G roaming agreements?
  4. Which 5G roaming service providers are leading the market in 2021?
  5. How much data will be generated by 5G roaming traffic by 2026 and how should roaming vendors prepare for this increasing cellular roaming data?

Companies Referenced

Interviewed: Cellusys, EMnify, iBASIS, Mobileum, Syniverse, Tata Communications, TOMIA, Telefónica Global Solutions.

Profiled: A1 Telekom Austria Group, BICS, Cellusys, Comfone, Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, EMnify, Etisalat C&WS (Carrier and Wholesale), iBASIS, Mobileum, Nextgen Clearing, Syniverse, Tata Communications, Telefónica Global Solutions, TOMIA, Vodafone Roaming Services.

Mentioned: 2 Degrees Mobile, Air France-KLM, AIS, Alberici, Alibaba, Altice DR, Amazon, América Móvil, Anatel, ANTEL, Apple, AT&T, AtmoTrack,, Batelco, Bell, Bharti Airtel, BICS, BigQuery, Blackbird, bmobile, Bouygues Telecom, ChargeX, China Telecom, China Unicom, Cisco, Clarity, Claro, Colt, Connect2Roam, Convene Networks, CPA FERRERE, Datadog, De Tune, Developing Solutions, Dialog Axiata, Digi, Digital Bold, Digital Ocean, Digitalparking, DirecTV, Drei, du, EcoWaste, Elisa, Entel, Ericsson, ESSAR,, Eval&Go, Explosion Power, FarEasTone, Fastweb, GCI, General Motors, Globe Telecom, GoHome GPS, Google, HDFC, Hoots Classic, Hrvatski Telecom, Huawei, Hutchison Indonesia, Infobip, Innovmobile, Integromat, JT Group, Keen, KT Corporation, LG Uplus, Lohr Industries, Magenta Telekom, Magyar Telekom, MegaFon, MEO, Metaswitch, metr, Micron Technology Inc, Microsoft Azure, Monaco Telecom, Mphasis, MTC Namibia, MTS (Mobile TeleSystems), Nanti Systems, Niometrics, NodeWeaver, Nokia, NOS, NOVA, NTT DOCOMO, Nuuday, O2, Oasis Smart SIM,, Omantel, Ooredoo, Optimus Digital, Optus, Oracle, Orange, Panasonic, Partitionware, PCCW Global, Pelephone, Personal, Pfizer, PiCo, Polkomtel, POST Luxembourg, PowerBI, Primagaz, PT Smart Telecom, PT Telekomunikasi, Qualcomm, Quick Sight, RealNetworks, Roamability, Roamingwise, RoamSmart, Roamsysnext, ROCCO, Rogers, Rostelecom, SalesForce, Samsung, Sensational Systems, SFR, Simfony, Siminn, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sky, Slack, Smart Communications, Smartisland, Solarly, Spark, Sparkle, Starhome, StarHub, STC Kuwait, Sunrise UPC, Swisscom, Symestic, Syrinix, Tacome (ZET-Mobile), Tango, TCell, TDC, Tele2 Group, Telekom Slovenije, Telia, Telindus Luxembourg, Telstra, Telus, The Proximus Group, Three, Tim Brazil, TIM SpA, T-Mobile, Tofane Global, Togocom, TravelSIM, True Move H Universal Communication, Turkcell, Twilio, U Mobile Malaysia, Unilever, Union Wireless, University of Würzburg,, US Cellular, VEON, Verizon, Videotron, Viettel, Vinaphone, Vivacom, Vivo, WeDo Technologies, Xiaomi, Xintec, XL Axiata, Zain, Zapier.

Data & Interactive Forecast

  • Juniper Research’s 5G Roaming Strategies forecast suite includes:
  • Forecasts for 5G roaming connections, 5G data roaming traffic and data revenue split by:
    • Smartphone Subscribers
    • Consumer Devices
    • IoT Devices
  • Access to the full set of forecast data of 98 tables and over 31,000 datapoints.
  • Interactive Excel Scenario tool allowing users the ability to manipulate Juniper Research’s data for five different metrics.

Geographical splits: 37 countries

Harvest: Our online data platform, harvest, contains the very latest market data and is updated throughout the year. This is a fully featured platform enabling clients to better understand key data trends and manipulate charts and tables, overlaying different forecasts within the one chart - using the comparison tool. Empower your business with our market intelligence centre, and get alerted whenever your data is updated.

Interactive Excels (IFxl): Our IFxl tool enables clients to manipulate both forecast data and charts, within an Excel environment, to test their own assumptions using the Interactive Scenario Tool and compare selected markets side by side in customised charts and tables. IFxls greatly increase a clients’ ability to both understand a particular market and to integrate their own views into the model.

Forecast Summary

Juniper Research forecasts that the global number of roaming subscribers using 5G services will increase from 4.5 million in 2021 to 210 million in 2026. As the international travel industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it recommended that operators must now focus on increasing 5G roaming support to accommodate the future rise in demand for data when roaming over 5G networks.
  • In response, vendors must develop 5G-enabled roaming features such as roaming analytics, sponsored roaming and steering of roaming. These services will support the management of an increasing number of 5G roaming connections, the rise in demand for 5G roaming data, and help operators maximise 5G roaming monetisation.
  • As 5G roaming proliferates, vendor competition around the 5G-enabled roaming services mentioned above will intensify. Subscribers will expect comparable levels of bandwidth and latency when roaming over 5G to home network connectivity, and roaming vendors must accommodate this demand via value-added services.
  • Global roaming data traffic from 5G subscribers will increase from 2.6 PB in 2021 to 770 PB by 2026; representing enough data to stream 115 million hours of 4K video from platforms such as Netflix. This anticipated rise in data will necessitate the establishment of novel agreements that explicitly cover 5G roaming data and provide roaming subscribers with comparable user experiences whilst roaming.
  • As demand for international travel returns, operators must adjust to the significant uptake of 5G subscriptions during the pandemic. A failure to provide 5G roaming capabilities in key travel destinations will diminish brand reputation amongst subscribers and lead to churn to competitors

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Research Details

Juniper Research
Scarlett Woodford
Operators & Providers
8 Key Regions - includes North America, Latin America, West Europe, Central & East Europe, Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Rest of Asia Pacific and Africa & Middle East
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA

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