Small cell market to almost quadruple by 2016, macro revenues impacted

Date: Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:15

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Small cell market to almost quadruple by 2016, macro revenues impacted Stefan Pongratz, analyst with the Dell’Oro Group

According to a newly published forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, small cells will play an essential role in meeting the capacity and performance expectations of the future. While the RAN is an essential part of small cells, the backhaul and use of WiFi are equally important. Therefore, Dell’Oro Group has created an advanced research report to assess the market opportunity, drivers, and adoption barriers for the public access small cell – RAN, backhaul, and WiFi segments.
“We believe that the traditional macro methods for addressing capacity shortages will play an essential role going forward. But since there is limited licensed spectrum available,  leveraging the unlicensed spectrum, re-using the licensed spectrum, and optimizing spectral efficiency per unit area will sooner or later be required to expand capacity – and equally important, to create a more uniform performance throughout the cell”, said Stefan Pongratz, analyst with the Dell’Oro Group. “It is of course very different to deploy base stations at street level versus installing base stations on rooftops and towers, and we anticipate this shift will challenge the incumbent vendors and open up opportunities for new entrants”, continued Pongratz.
This report provides a 5-year unit and revenue forecast of the following segments: Small Cell – RAN (WCDMA/LTE), Small Cell – Backhaul (LOS/NLOS microwave and fiber/copper), and Small Cell – SP WiFi (enterprise-class devices and outdoor mesh nodes that ship to service providers). This report shows that Small Cell – SP WiFi will be the fastest growing small cell segment in the next five years.


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