Mobile data traffic continues to grow in the region, but at a slower rate in the more-developed economies where average usage is higher. This slowing growth raises questions about the extent to which MNOs will need to increase network capacity. One option is to densify networks using small cells, but this presents challenges in the form of site acquisition, securing backhaul and mitigating interference between small cells and macrocells.
This report analyses the small-cell market in Asia–Pacific (APAC). It assesses the extent to which mobile network operators (MNOs) need to deploy small cells and how they can most effectively do so. The report also provides recommendations for MNOs in APAC and other regions.
It is based on several sources:
- Internal research including mobile data traffic forecasts.
- Interviews with stakeholders in the small-cell market in APAC.
- assesses to what extent mobile network operators (MNOs) in the APAC region need to increase network capacity
- examines the extent to which MNOs in the region have densified their networks with small cells and C-RAN architecture
- provides an overview of the options that operators in APAC have for increasing network capacity without needing to invest in network densification
- highlights the benefits of using a wholesale small-cells-as-a-service (SCaaS) offering
- assesses the lessons that operators in other regions can learn from small-cell roll-outs in APAC.
Key Questions Answered in this Report
- To what extent do MNOs in the APAC region need to increase network capacity?
- To what extent have MNOs in the APAC region already densified their networks with small cells and C-RAN architecture?
- What options do operators in APAC have for increasing network capacity without needing to invest in network densification?
- For MNOs that are deploying small cells, what are the benefits of using a wholesale small-cells-as-a-service (SCaaS) offering?
- What lessons can operators in other regions learn from small-cell roll-outs in APAC?
- South Korea
- NTT Docomo
Who Should Read this Report
- Strategy executives in MNOs in APAC that are considering the various options to increase network capacity.
- Executives in CTO offices of global MNOs who are looking for examples of best practice from small-cell roll-outs in the APAC region.
- Executives in network equipment vendors who are seeking to understand the barriers and drivers for small-cell deployments in the
- Companies, such as equipment vendors and independent players, that are interested in the opportunity for SCaaS roll-outs in APAC.