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Multi-Standard, Multi-Mode, Multi-RAT Base Station Analysis and Forecast

  • ID: 694211
  • February 2009
  • Region: Global
  • 36 Pages
  • EJL Wireless Research

With each of the top three mobile infrastructure OEMs introducing multi-standard radio base stations, the wireless industry is looking towards a future where base stations can handle multiple air interface standards in a single, highly efficient module. Ericsson and Huawei have launched their MSR-BTS product lines to support easy upgrade from HSPA to LTE. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks recently introduced their latest generation Flexi Multiradio BTS that can support GSM, HSPA, I-HSPA and LTE in a single box. Mobile operators will rapidly adopt MSR-BTS technology over the next five years for 3G and 4G networks according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Multi-Standard, Multi-Mode, Multi-RAT Base Stations Analysis and
Forecast.”

“The flexibility of a software-defined radio (SDR) is here and now. The traditional single standard base station architecture is transforming to MSR-BTS technology as the investment and technical needs of the mobile operators shift. We have completed a detailed technical analysis, highlighting opportunities for suppliers to benefit from this migration,” said founder and President, Earl Lum. “The acceleration of the wireless industry towards 3G networks and the introduction of 4G networks by 2010 is causing investment concerns for mobile operators who need to future proof their networks. One solution is the MSR-BTS. MSR-BTS technology will represent over 50% of total base station shipments by 2013,” said Lum.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
CHAPTER 1: MULTI-STANDARD RADIO BASE STATIONS (MSR-BTS
1.1 Market Drivers for MSR-BTS Technology
1.2 Migration of GSM to W-CDMA Technology using MSR-BTS
1.3 Multi-Carrier Radios
1.4 Multi-Band Base Stations
CHAPTER 2: THE CHANGING REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
2.1 A Change in Standards Approach
2.2 The Future of GSM/GPRS/EDGE Mobile Standards
2.3 Band Categories
2.3 Exceptions to the Mainstream 3GPP Requirements
CHAPTER 3: THE OPPORTUNITY IN MSR-BTS
3.1 MSR Base Station Forecast
3.2 LTE eNodeB Forecast
3.3 W-CDMA (and HSPA) MSR Base Station Forecast
3.4 GSM/GPRS/EDGE MSR Base Station Forecast
CHAPTER 4: HARDWARE IMPLICATIONS OF MSR-BTS TECHNOLOGY
4.1 Software-Defined Radio
4.2 A Simple Migration Path to MSR-BTS
4.2 Multi-Band BTS Sites
4.3 RF Hardware Implications of MSR-BTS Technology
4.4 Remote Radio Heads
4.5 Micro-, Pico-, and Femto-cells

EXHIBITS

Exhibit 1: Forces Driving the Mobile Network Operators
Exhibit 2: The Trend towards Mobile Data Traffic
Exhibit 3: Global Mobile Subscribers Forecast by Air Interface Standard, 2002-2013 (Millions)
Exhibit 4: Growth Curve of Mobile Data Traffic
Exhibit 5: Forecasted Global ARPU Average, for Voice and Data
Exhibit 6: Increased Coverage for W-CDMA at 900 MHz
Exhibit 7: Throughput Performance for 900MHz W-CDMA Tests
Exhibit 8: Migration from GSM to W-CDMA
Exhibit 9: Architecture of a 900 MHz W-CDMA Overlay using Legacy BTS
Exhibit 10: Definitions of Channel BW, Transmission BW
Exhibit 11: Spectrum Guard Band with Constant Spectral Power Density
Exhibit 12: Spectrum Guard Band with Constant RF power
Exhibit 13: Spectrum Guard Band required depends on LTE Channel Bandwidth
Exhibit 14: An Example of a Multi-Band MSR Base Station
Exhibit 15: Moving From In-Band GSM Specs to Out-of-Band Specs
Exhibit 16: Global Multi-Standard BTS Architecture Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Exhibit 17: Global LTE eNodeB Deployment Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Exhibit 18: Global W-CDMA Multi-Standard Node B Shipment Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Exhibit 19: Global GSM/GPRS/EDGE Multi-Standard BTS Shipment Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Exhibit 20: A Simple Block Diagram for an MSR Base Station
Exhibit 21: Block Diagram for MSR Upgrade to MIMO Configuration
Exhibit 22: Block Diagram for a Multi-Band MSR Site
Exhibit 23: Throughput of a 2x2 LTE MIMO Downlink, Scaling with SNR
Exhibit 24: Example of a 900 MHz W-CDMA/GSM Overlay Using an MSR Base Station

TABLES

Table 1: Global Mobile Subscribers Forecast by Air Interface Standard, 2002-2013 (Millions)
Table 2: Timeline for Standards Documentation related to Spec Relaxation
Table 3: Global Frequency Bands and Proposed Designated Band Categories
Table 4: Global Multi-Standard BTS Architecture Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Table 5: Global LTE eNodeB Deployment Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Table 6: Global W-CDMA Multi-Standard Node B Shipment Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)
Table 7: Global GSM/GPRS/EDGE Multi-Standard BTS Shipment Forecast, 2007-2013 (Units)

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Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, and Huawei --- the top 3 suppliers of wireless infrastructure --- are all heading in the same direction with their products. All three have introduced new base station products which support the variable bandwidth for LTE, as well as multiple variations of WCDMA/HSPA technology. The flexibility that is inherent in supporting the latest standards is now available as “future proofing” for mobile operators. While these products are coming onto the market, there are also regulatory changes underway which will enable the new base station products to be applied to legacy standards such as GSM and EDGE. Therefore, over time we can expect legacy GSM base transceiver stations to be replaced by multi-standard radio base stations (MSR BTS). It will not be unusual in the future for a cell site to handle two or three frequency bands and four air interface standards simultaneously. Upgrades to the radio access network will become much simpler, with software upgrades handling most of an operator’s requirements. Radio hardware upgrades will take place in the case of adding MIMO transmitters or new frequency bands, but not in the case of capacity upgrades. Overall, the strong trends toward MSR base stations and remote radio heads will dramatically change the infrastructure ecosystem. We can expect virtually all of the LTE eNodeB units deployed to use software-definable radios, even when used in an LTE-only application. Most W-CDMA nodeB hardware will also use SDR technology to allow for software-upgrade to LTE over time. As remote radio head topologies are used (even if the RRH is mounted at the base of a tower), the modular form of an RF unit with a fiber interface to the system module will become the standard for the wireless industry.

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We have gathered the data presented in this report directly from infrastructur vendors as well as from 3GPP committee documents and suppliers. While this report gives a forecast for multi-standard radio base station shipments, we will be updating this information and the forecast will be modified in two upcoming reports:

1) Analysis on LTE Technology and Deployments report, presenting a detailed
forecast of LTE infrastructure deployment by frequency band; and

2) Global Base Station Market Analysis and Forecast, 5th Edition report will be published in March/April 2009.

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