August 26, 2015 –Driven by increasing small cell deployments, the U.S. market for mobile cloud services will increase from almost $6 billion in 2014 to $12 billion in 2019 and will total $52.13 billion during the five-year period, according to a study produced by iGR and sponsored SpiderCloud Wireless, Cisco and Intel.
The firm also forecast that revenue from the adoption of services — such as mobile device management, unified communications, and mobile and PBX integration — will increase to more than $4 billion in 2019 from $91 million in 2015, a total of $7.2 billion during that period.
The study, entitled “The Potential for Small Cells Infrastructure-as-a-Service in the U.S.,” showed that IT managers in medium and large enterprises have a high level of awareness of enterprise small cells and a high degree of interest in deploying them to improve in-building cellular voice and data coverage and capacity, as well as upgrading Wi-Fi to a higher capacity standard such as 802.11ac.
“Building owners, not just their tenants, are increasingly aware that excellent indoor LTE coverage and capacity can be a major selling point,” the report said.
Enterprises demand a small cell solution that is, first and foremost, secure but is also easy to deploy with minimal capital expense upfront. The small cells must be neutral host to serve the communications needs of all employees and visitors.
“This may also include a future option where the mobile operator only provides access to their spectrum and the enterprise takes responsibility for providing the necessary network equipment and interface to the operator’s core network,” the report said.
While IT personnel prefer keeping managed services in-house, the study found strong interest in using small cells to provide connectivity to a host of managed services and functions, including context/location services, Wi-Fi as a service, policy services, firewall services, web filtering, mobile and PBX integration, mobile device management and unified communications.
“There is solid interest in having a small cell managed service, as more than 30 percent of IT managers in all company sizes indicated high levels of interest,” the report said.