April 5, 2017 —
The global small cell forecast ratcheted down a notch, as some programs in China and ‘direct-to-enterprise’ channel did not materialize as anticipated, according to Mobile Experts’ analysis on the small cell market. However, growth due to “densification” and indoor coverage is resulting in a strong revenue outlook. The report aggregates years of acquired knowledge along with present observations that culminate in the accurate future projections.
“The overall market, including residential femtocells, is growing at about 17 percent (CAGR) over our forecast period,” said Mobile Experts Senior Analyst Kyung Mun. “But the growth for non-residential small cells is even more dramatic. We expect carrier and enterprise segments to grow at over 30 percent CAGR from 2016-2022.”
Carriers with broad LTE coverage are reaching a level of traffic density in excess of 1 Gbps/km2, which leads to a need for small cells to increase capacity. Additional small cells are used to expand mobile coverage in strategic locations within macro coverage areas to target high-value customers, Mobile Experts reveals in the new report.
“Overall, the small cell market is evolving rapidly. CPRI will be giving way to split-baseband architectures. Small cells will become an integral part of mobile networks as operators make the move toward hyper-dense networks with 5G services,” Kyung Mun, Senior Analyst at Mobile Experts, commented. “We’re optimistic that this upward trend will continue—and we’ll be tracking the continued progress carefully.”
Mobile Experts reports that technology choices from FDD/TD-LTE, LTE-U/LAA, LWA, CBRS, and even Carrier Wi-Fi are available for carriers and enterprises to address mobile data growth. While major mobile infrastructure suppliers including Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia take larger shares of the carrier outdoor segment through ‘macro parity’ small cells, which take advantage of their macro ‘footprints’, smaller companies such as Spidercloud and Airspan are finding success in enterprise and indoor segments at several Tier 1 operator accounts.
By 2022, Mobile Experts predicts small cells revenue to triple, over their forecast period, to reach over $4.5 billion.
Topics covered in this report include small cells, enterprise, LTE-U, LAA, LWA, CBRS, 5G, HetNet, CPRI, split baseband, remote radio head, RRH, neutral host, fixed mobile convergence, indoor, outdoor, residential femtocell, enterprise, carrier Wi-Fi, virtualized RAN, multi-operator, massive MIMO, millimeter wave, fronthaul, and backhaul.