March 27, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Mobile Experts has released a new Small Cell Market Forecast, predicting more than 5 million metrocells shipped in 2017.
Based on weak shipment data during 2012, Mobile Experts predicts slow growth for residential femtocells, at only 12% per year. Faster growth will come from capacity upgrades, as mobile operators are pushing hard for high-capacity small cells. The new
Mobile Experts forecast
predicts that, taken together, outdoor metrocells and indoor capacity nodes will overtake residential femtocell shipments in the 2016 time frame.
market has led the way in small cells, with more than 100,000 public small cells already deployed in Korea and
, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. "The Asian market is stretching the femtocell into areas where the small cells are handling capacity effectively for operators like KT, SKT, and NTT DoCoMo. Many other operators around the world will follow this example, as the LTE macro roll-out is completed and capacity tightens up in
, and the
. The bottom line is that small cells are 65% less expensive than macro base stations, for adding mobile capacity."
This forecast identifies eight different types of small cells, by architecture and by power level. In this year's analysis, Mobile Experts included low-power Remote Radio Head units, multi-band small cells, and Carrier Aggregation into the forecast, with 33 band combinations identified for inter-band CA. The report breaks down small cell shipments by frequency band and identified 38 frequency bands for small cell deployment.
explained the data sources behind the forecast: "Our Advisory Panel of operators and suppliers has been very helpful in guiding us to an accurate forecast for the past four years. More than 50 companies have helped us to compile a huge database of information, tracking individual operators by frequency band, power level, and architecture. By tracking the details, our 2009 forecast has come in within 6% of actual shipment figures, while competing analysts missed by 90% to 300%."
"Every spring, we compile information about the HetNet architecture and all different kinds of radio solutions: Femtocells, Picocells, Microcells, Metrocells, DAS systems, repeaters, and macro base stations. This study presents our expected evolution for the HetNet, and will serve as the foundation for ongoing research into
Backhaul for Small Cells
Semiconductors for Small Cells
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