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Infonetics: Small Cell Market on Track to Increase 65% This Year
|By Business Wire
|April 29, 2014 01:01 PM EDT
Telecom market research firm Infonetics
Research released excerpts from its latest Small
Cell Equipment market size and forecast report, which
tracks 3G microcells, picocells, and metrocells and LTE mini eNodeBs and
“As we anticipated, the great small cell ramp did not happen in 2013 as
many in the industry had hoped. Testing activity remained solid, but
actual deployments were modest. Small cell revenue was just $771 million
last year, a sharp contrast to the $24 billion 2G/3G RAN market,”
Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier
economics at Infonetics
Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics
and co-author of the report, adds: “Nevertheless, the need to enhance
existing saturated macrocellular networks that are struggling to
maintain a decent mobile broadband experience, as well as to add
capacity to existing LTE networks, is bringing some fuel to our forecast
and, consequently, we expect the small cell market to grow 65% by year’s
end, when it will reach $1.3 billion.”
SMALL CELL MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
As mobile operators have to approach a “critical mass” of data traffic
before small cells even become a consideration, it is the developed
countries (Japan, South Korea, the UK and US) that are driving early
642,000 small cell units shipped in 2013, a 143% spike from 2012; over
half of these units are of the 3G variety
However, starting this year, 4G metrocells will close the gap with 3G,
becoming the main growth engine
Backhaul is no longer a major inhibitor to small cell deployment, but
it will remain an issue for some mobile operators due to the locations
in which they operate
5G is coming, fully loaded with small cells: NTT DOCOMO in
Japan plans to have 5G commercially available in 2020, in time for the Tokyo
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