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Small cells market returning to growth

Posted: 16 Jul 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:small cells  ABI Research  femtocell  3G  LTE 

Small cell market is forecasted to return to growth after lackluster 2011 and 2012 with an increase in unit volumes in 2013 and 2014 and year-on-year growth outpacing our last forecasts, said market analyst ABI Research.

According to the market study, overall enterprise and consumer femtocell shipments will reach 57 lakh units in 2014, compared to 38 lakh units in 2013. While 3G indoor small cells will continue to represent the vast majority of shipments it is LTE indoor small cells which are expected to ramp up significantly starting in 2013.

The same is forecasted for outdoor small cells with year-on-year unit growth of 125 per cent for 2014 for a value of almost Rs.19,565.22 crore ($3.6 billion), with LTE outdoor small cells exhibiting strong growth in the same time period.

In addition, carrier or service provider Wi-Fi is also emerging as an effective “carrier-grade” small-cell solution for decongestion of mobile networks and we expect the initiatives from the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Small Cell Forum, GSMA, and 3GPP to continue to ease the deployment of carrier Wi-Fi for MNOs and MSOs alike.

“The number of carrier Wi-Fi access points shipped in 2014 will be three times the number which was shipped in 2012.”

“Another strong indicator of the emergence of a meaningful and growing indoor small cells market was the almost simultaneous announcements by both Qualcomm and Texas Instruments of latest generation baseband SoC’s for small cells.”

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