Small Cells and Wi-Fi Offloading – 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2152586
  • June 2012
  • 143 Pages
  • Berg Insight AB
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HetNets, small cells and Wi-Fi offloading – the solution to operators' coverage and capacity challenges? Berg Insight forecasts that annual shipments of small cells will grow from 0.9 million units in 2011 to 4.4 million units worldwide in 2016. Get up to date with the small cell strategies of the leading mobile operators and vendors and future market and technology trends with the second edition of this 140 page report in Berg Insight's NGT Research Series.

Small Cells and Wi-Fi Offloading is a comprehensive report from Berg Insight analysing the emerging global market for small cell base stations and Wi-Fi offloading solutions.

This strategic research report in the NGT Research Series from Berg Insight provides you with 140 pages of unique business intelligence, including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.

This report will allow you to:
- Understand the opportunities and challenges for small cell base stations.
- Comprehend how femtocell technologies affect mobile networks.
- Identify key players on the global small cell market.
- Predict future business models for femtocell services.
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Executive summary
1 Introduction to small cells and Wi-Fi offloading
1.1 Introduction
1.1.1 Continued growth in mobile subscriptions and handset sales
1.1.2 Broadband services drive fixed-line connection growth
1.1.3 Fixed-mobile convergence and fixed-mobile substitution market trends
1.1.4 Global mobile data traffic grows along with increasing smartphone adoption
1.2 Communication network technology evolution
1.2.1 Wireless technologies
1.2.2 Fixed-line broadband technologies
1.3 Mobile network capacity improvement strategies
1.3.1 Macro layer improvements
1.3.2 Macro layer densification
1.3.3 Heterogeneous networks (HetNets)
1.3.4 Femtocells
1.3.5 Wi-Fi network integration and mobile data offloading
2 Small cell and Wi-Fi technology
2.1 Mobile network standards and architectures
2.1.1 GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks
2.1.2 UMTS/HSPA networks
2.1.3 LTE networks
2.1.4 Heterogeneous networks
2.1.5 Microcells
2.1.6 Picocells
2.1.7 Femtocells
2.2 Femtocell architectures in 3GPP and 3GPP2 networks
2.2.1 3GPP UMTS femtocell specifications and interfaces
2.2.2 IMS based femtocell architecture
2.2.3 3GPP LTE femtocell architectures
2.3 Wi-Fi and cellular network integration
2.3.1 UMA/GAN
2.3.2 3GPP Wireless LAN Interworking (I-WLAN)
2.3.3 Hotspot 2.0 and Next Generation Hotspot
3 Small cell deployments
3.1 Small cells and femtocells from an operator perspective
3.1.1 The femtocell business case for mobile operators
3.1.2 Operator strategies
3.2 Small cell trials and commercial offerings
3.2.1 AT&T
3.2.2 China Unicom
3.2.3 Cosmote
3.2.4 Everything Everywhere
3.2.5 Hutchison 3G
3.2.6 KDDI au
3.2.7 MegaFon
3.2.8 Mobile TeleSystems
3.2.9 Network Norway
3.2.10 NTT DoCoMo
3.2.11 Optimus
3.2.12 Orange Group
3.2.13 SFR
3.2.14 SingTel Group
3.2.15 SK Telecom
3.2.16 SoftBank
3.2.17 Sprint Nextel
3.2.18 StarHub
3.2.19 Telefónica
3.2.20 Telenor
3.2.21 Verizon Wireless
3.2.22 Vodafone
4 Wi-Fi network deployments
4.1 Wi-Fi network operators, aggregators and brokers
4.1.1 Boingo Wireless
4.1.2 The Cloud
4.1.3 Comfone
4.1.4 Fon
4.1.5 iPass
4.1.6 Trustive
4.2 Carrier Wi-Fi network deployments and services
4.2.1 AT&T
4.2.2 China Mobile
4.2.3 Deutsche Telekom
4.2.4 Eircom
4.2.5 Free Mobile
4.2.6 KDDI au
4.2.7 KPN
4.2.8 KT Corporation
4.2.9 Swisscom
4.2.10 Telefónica O2 UK
4.2.11 TeliaSonera
5 Vendor profiles and strategies
5.1 The small cell value chain
5.2 End-to-end small cell system vendors and integrators
5.2.1 Alcatel-Lucent
5.2.2 Cisco Systems
5.2.3 Contela
5.2.4 Ericsson
5.2.5 Fujitsu
5.2.6 Hitachi
5.2.7 Huawei
5.2.8 NEC
5.2.9 Nokia Siemens Networks
5.2.10 Samsung Electronics
5.3 Small cell and residential gateway vendors
5.3.1 Airspan
5.3.2 Airvana
5.3.3 HSL
5.3.4 Ip.access
5.3.5 Minieum Networks
5.3.6 SpiderCloud Wireless
5.3.7 TEKTELIC Communications
5.3.8 UbeeAirWalk
5.3.9 Ubiquisys
5.3.10 ADB Group
5.3.11 Alpha Networks
5.3.12 Gemtek
5.3.13 Netgear
5.3.14 Sagemcom
5.3.15 SerComm
5.3.16 Tecom
5.4 Small cell chipset vendors
5.4.1 Broadcom
5.4.2 Freescale Semiconductor
5.4.3 Mindspeed Technologies
5.4.4 Qualcomm
5.4.5 Texas Instruments
5.5 Small cell software and network gateway vendors
5.5.1 Acme Packet
5.5.2 Aricent Group
5.5.3 mimoOn
5.5.4 Node-H
5.5.5 Genband
5.5.6 Radisys
5.5.7 Taqua
5.6 Wi-Fi data offloading solution vendors
5.6.1 Aptilo Networks
5.6.2 Birdstep
5.6.3 Greenpacket
5.6.4 Kineto Wireless
5.6.5 Notava
5.6.6 Smith Micro Software
5.6.7 Stoke
5.6.8 Syniverse
5.6.9 WeFi
5.7 Wi-Fi equipment vendors
5.7.1 Alvarion
5.7.2 Edgewater Wireless
5.7.3 GoNet Systems
5.7.4 Ruckus Wireless
5.7.5 Strix Systems
5.7.6 Ubiquiti Networks
5.7.7 Vivato Technologies
6 Market trends and forecasts
6.1 Small cell market trends
6.1.1 Moving from femtocell trials to small cell deployments
6.1.2 HetNet and small cell adoption may lead to industry transformation
6.1.3 Wi-Fi offloading is gaining acceptance among mobile operators
6.2 Small cell market forecasts
6.2.1 Small cell deployments in Asia Pacific
6.2.2 Small cell deployments in Europe
6.2.3 Small cell deployments in North America
6.2.4 Small cell shipments worldwide

List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Mobile subscriptions and handset sales by region (World Q4-2011)
Figure 1.2: Fixed-line broadband connections by region (World Q4-2011)
Figure 1.3: Voice traffic (World 2000–2008)
Figure 1.4: Mobile voice and data traffic (World 2007–2011)
Figure 1.5: Monthly data usage by subscription type (Scandinavia 2009–2011)
Figure 1.6: Mobile subscriptions and handset sales by standard (World Q4-2011)
Figure 1.7: Theoretical peak data rates by wireless technology
Figure 1.8: Theoretical peak data rates by fixed-line technology
Figure 2.1: UMTS network architecture
Figure 2.2: LTE network architecture
Figure 2.3: Heterogeneous network
Figure 2.4: Comparison of cellular network cell types
Figure 2.5: Iuh based femtocell architecture in UMTS networks
Figure 2.6: IMS based architecture
Figure 2.7: LTE femtocell architectures and interfaces
Figure 2.8: UMA/GAN architecture and interfaces
Figure 2.9: 3GPP I-WLAN architecture
Figure 3.1: Examples of commercial femtocell offerings (May 2012)
Figure 4.1: Examples of Wi-Fi network operators and aggregators (May 2012)
Figure 5.1: Main small cell solutions by vendor (May 2012)
Figure 5.2: Overview of femtocell access point vendors (May 2012)
Figure 5.3: Acquisitions in the small cell ecosystem (2010–2012)
Figure 5.4: Examples of Wi-Fi equipment vendors (May 2012)
Figure 6.1: Comparison of main telecom indicators by region (World Q4-2011)
Figure 6.2: Handset shipments and user forecast (World 2011–2016)
Figure 6.3: Cellular data traffic usage forecast (World 2011–2016)
Figure 6.4: Small cell installed base (World 2011–2016)
Figure 6.5: Main telecom indicators in Asia-Pacific (2011–2016)
Figure 6.6: Main telecom indicators in EU27+2 (2011–2016)
Figure 6.7: Main telecom indicators in North America (2011–2016)
Figure 6.8: Small cell shipments by device type (World 2010–2016)
Figure 6.9: Small cell shipments by region (World 2010–2016)
Figure 6.10: Small cell shipments by air interface (World 2010–2016)

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The installed base of small cell cellular base stations will reach 14 million units in 2016

According to a new research report by Berg Insight, the installed base of small cell cellular base stations increased to about 2.2 million units in 2011. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44.8 percent, the installed base is forecasted to reach 14 million units in 2016. Small cells encompass a range of low power cellular base stations including femtocells, picocells and microcells with gradually higher output power and capacity in terms of simultaneous users. Small cells are designed to complement the base stations forming the cellular macro network by providing enhancements in coverage and capacity in locations such as homes, offices and public venues. Mobile operators are experiencing fast growth in mobile data and signalling traffic as customers increasingly use mobile computing devices. Adoption of smartphones is rising and more subscribers use multiple connected devices such as PCs and tablets. “Total mobile data traffic in cellular networks have more than doubled every year since 2007 and is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 60 percent from 2011 until 2016”, says André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that mobile operators need to use a combination of approaches to meet the rising demand for data traffic, including acquiring more spectrum, using increasingly advanced radio air interfaces, making the macro layer denser by installing more base stations in traffic hotspots, as well as introducing heterogeneous networks (HetNets). HetNets are composed of multiple radio access technologies, architectures, backhaul solutions and base stations of varying transmission power. Using Wi-Fi technology that relies on unlicensed spectrum is an increasingly attractive option for mobile operators. Virtually all new smartphones now have Wi-Fi connectivity as standard and a majority of smartphone owners use Wi-Fi at home. However, using Wi-Fi in smartphones to access public hotspots can often be difficult. Mobile operators can facilitate Wi-Fi offloading by introducing connectivity management software that identifies Wi-Fi hotspots and authenticates the user automatically. “The user experience will soon improve as new standardisation and interoperability efforts aim to make the network selection and user identification process seamless” concluded Mr Malm.

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- AT&T
- Birdstep
- Boingo Wireless
- Broadcom
- China Mobile
- China Unicom
- Cisco Systems
- Comfone
- Contela
- Cosmote
- Deutsche Telekom
- Edgewater Wireless
- Eircom
- Ericsson
- Everything Everywhere
- Fon
- Free Mobile
- Freescale Semiconductor
- Fujitsu
- Gemtek
- Genband
- GoNet Systems
- Greenpacket
- Hitachi
- Huawei
- Hutchison 3G
- Ip.access
- iPass
- KDDI au
- Kineto Wireless
- KT Corporation
- MegaFon
- mimoOn
- Mindspeed Technologies
- Minieum Networks
- Mobile TeleSystems
- Netgear
- Network Norway
- Node-H
- Nokia Siemens Networks
- Notava
- NTT DoCoMo
- Optimus
- Orange Group
- Qualcomm
- Radisys
- Ruckus Wireless
- Sagemcom
- Samsung Electronics
- SerComm
- SingTel Group
- SK Telecom
- Smith Micro Software
- SoftBank
- SpiderCloud Wireless
- Sprint Nextel
- StarHub
- Stoke
- Strix Systems
- Swisscom
- Syniverse
- Taqua
- Tecom
- TEKTELIC Communications
- Telefónica O2 UK
- Telenor
- TeliaSonera
- Texas Instruments
- The Cloud
- Trustive
- UbeeAirWalk
- Ubiquisys
- Ubiquiti Networks
- Verizon Wireless
- Vivato Technologies
- Vodafone
- WeFi

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