Encouraging Forecast for Small Cells

June 27, 2017 — 

By Don Bishop —

Executive Editor, AGL Magazine —

An analysis of the small cell market conducted by Mobile Experts concludes that the market is evolving rapidly. Kyung Mun, a senior analyst, said small cells will become an integral part of mobile networks as operators make the move toward hyperdense networks with 5G services.

Technology choices range from frequency-division duplex/time=division Long Term Evolution (FDD/TD-LTE) modulation, unlicensed and licensed-assisted access LTE (LTE-U/LAA), LTE and wireless local area network aggregation (LWA), Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), and even carrier Wi-Fi (self-organizing and self-optimizing Wi-Fi). The study found that although major mobile infrastructure suppliers, including Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia, take larger shares of the carrier outdoor segment through macro-parity small cells that take advantage of macro footprints, smaller companies, such as Spidercloud and Airspan, are finding success in enterprise and indoor segments at several Tier 1 mobile operator accounts.

By 2022, Mobile Experts predicts small cells’ revenue to triple, reaching more than $4.5 billion over the forecast period. Mun said that although the overall market includes residential femtocells, the growth for nonresidential small cells is more dramatic.

“We expect carrier and enterprise segments to grow at more than a 30 percent compound annual growth rate from 2016 to 2022,” he said.

DAS and Wi-Fi

It’s fixed.

The long-suffering mobile network and Wi-Fi service at the Las Vegas Convention Center now works well, thanks to an $18 million upgrade by Cox Business and InSite Wireless Group.

Hugh Sinnock, vice president of customer experience for the venue operator, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the indoor DAS and Wi-Fi system boasts more than 2,200 access points and a capacity equal to 14 cell towers.  During the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) conducted in March, Sinnock spoke about the installation.

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