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Small Cells: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2019 to 2025

  • ID: 4774703
  • Report
  • June 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 248 Pages
  • Wintergreen Research, Inc
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The Small Cell Sales at $11.5 Billion in 2018 are Forecast to Reach $52 Billion in 2025

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • ADRF
  • AT&T
  • Corning
  • NBN
  • Qualcomm
  • Solid Technologies
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This 2019 study has 248 pages, 135 tables, and figures. The leading vendors in the small cell market have invested in high-quality technology and processes to develop leading-edge monitoring and digital triggering activation capability. 

Small Cell markets encompass virtualization, cloud, edge, and functional splits. As 5G networks come online in 2020, they require increasing sophistication from mobile operators. The challenge going forward in mobile network buildout is to bring together a growing number of LTE and 5G radio access technologies.  A range of connectivity services are needed. APIs are needed in each small cell to manage connectivity to a number of customer sensors that are implemented in different segments. 

The small cell sales at $11.5 billion in 2018 are forecast to reach $52 billion in 2025.  Networks spending has been transformed from macro cell tower dominance to 80% of spending on small cells. Small cells support wireless communications across short distances. All the indoor and outdoor places need to increase wireless coverage, providing significant market growth for small cells. 

Small Cell markets encompass virtualization, cloud, edge, and functional splits. 5G requires increasing sophistication from mobile operators. The challenge is to bring together a growing number of LTE and 5G radio access technologies.  A range of connectivity services are needed. Associated APIs are needed in each small cell to manage connectivity to a number of customer segments. 

Small Cell Market Driving Forces:

  • Need for enabling the evolution of local communications network
  • Availability of fully virtualized, distributed, ultra-reliable software
  • Effective software for controlling agile infrastructure
  • Automation facilitates large-scale low-cost network densification
  • Lowers cost by implementing network through third-party deployments
  • Effective integration of base small cell technologies
  • Systems integration achieved with open and interoperable standards
  • Open and interoperable standards needed to ensure competition
  • open and interoperable standards needed to ensure economies of scale
  • Adoption of these 5G Era technologies will require culture shifts in processes

Small cells need infrastructure across a broad range of commercial and governmental organizations. Each have a part to play in making small cells work along with tower infrastructure to create a broadband commercial network. Service providers are focused on densification. Small cells are a critical part of the infrastructure for several key 5G Era deployment scenarios: 

Small Cell Infrastructure Critical Issues:

  • Service providers are focused on densification
  • Small cells are a critical part of the infrastructure for key 5G implementations
  • 5G deployment needs small cells
  • >6GHz spectrum propagation limits cell sizes
  • Shared and license-exempt spectrum mandates lower power
  • Areas of hyper-dense broadband traffic need small cells
  • Small cells meet demand in cities, stadia, transport hubs
  • Scalable deployment
  • Low-cost deployment
  • Using a low-skilled, third-party, or end-user workforce
  • Small/medium enterprises requiring self-deployed indoor coverage
  • Coverage extension in rural, remote, moving and temporary deployment
  • Scenarios with equipment size, weight or power constraints

The digital economy, self-driving cars, drones, traffic lights, and smart things all need more wireless coverage. According to the leader of the team that prepared the research, “Small cell suppliers have a focus on broadband improvement. Power and performance are being improved. Small cells improve the transmission coverage and density.”

This 5G coverage is needed as IoT, the Internet of things and smartphone video increase transmission needs. “Everything will be connected,” said SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son, announcing an ARM processor deal in London. 

Key Topics:

  • Small Cells
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud
  • Edge
  • Functional splits.
  • LTE Small Cell
  • 5G
  • Network Densification
  • Hybrid Ethernet Based DAS
  • DAS
  • In Building Wireless
  • Broadband Traffic
  • In Air Interface Solutions
  • Outdoor and Stadium
  • Deployments
  • Heterogeneous Network
  • Hung On Aerial Coax, Fiber, Electricity Cables
  • Distributed business Enterprise
  • Evolves To Provide Better
  • End-To-End Integrated Small
  • Cells
  • Metro Cell Solution Signal
  • Transmission
  • ADRF Positioning
  • Bandwidth Allocation
  • Across enterprise boundaries
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  • AT&T
  • Corning
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  • Qualcomm
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1. Small Cells: Market Description and Market Dynamics
1.1 Small Cells Definition
1.1.1 Web-Scale Architectures Deliver Signals Close to the Smart Phone
1.1.2 Small Cells Set To Be Major Enabler for 5G
1.1.3 Vision for 5G
1.1.4 Outdoor Small Cell Market Is in The Beginning Stages Of Deployment
1.2 Small Cells Bring Transformational 5G
1.2.1 Small Cells Market Driving Forces
1.3 Small Cell Networks
1.3.1 Small Cells Industry Addresses Fast-Paced Change
1.4 Small Cell Signal Enhancement
1.5 Shared Spectrum Radios
1.6 Base Station Functional Splits
1.6.1 Small Cells Miniature Cellular Base Stations
1.6.2 Small Cell Operator Challenges
1.6.3 Small Cell Base Stations
1.7 5G Envisioned As A Unifying Connectivity Fabric That Connects Everything Around Us
1.8 Business Model for Small Cells
1.8.1 Small Cell Site Risks Different From Tower Site Risks

2. Small Cells Market Shares and Forecasts
2.1 Small Cell Market Driving Forces
2.2 Small Cell Market Shares
2.2.1 Ericsson Small Cells
2.3 Small Cell Market Forecasts
2.3.1 Small Cell Market Segments
2.3.2 Small Cell Applications 3G, 4G, and 5G
2.3.3 Number of Wireless Customers
2.3.4 Mobile Data Traffic
2.3.5 International 5G Activity Growing Significantly
2.3.6 5G Network Countries: South Korea
2.3.7 5G Networks in China
2.3.8 5G Network in Japan
2.3.9 5G Network in The United States
2.3.10 Leading 5G Vendors
2.3.11 Small Cell Installed Base
2.3.12 Small Cell Installation Issues
2.3.13 Small Cell Backhaul
2.3.14 Enterprise Needs For Indoor Coverage
2.4 Small Cells Industry Challenges
2.4.1 Small Cell Vendor Response to Market Challenges
2.5 Number Of Mobile Internet Users
2.5.1 Telecommunications Fiber
2.5.2 Internet Traffic Growth
2.5.3 5G Handles 10x More Data Than 4G
2.6 Small Cell Prices
2.7 Small Cell Regional Market Analysis
2.7.1 Wholesale Turf Vendor Mobile Backhaul Network Operators
2.7.2 US Small Cell Networks
2.7.3 San Francisco Leads in Municipal Small Cell Deployment
2.7.4 San Francisco Leads the Way in Municipal Small Cell Deployment
2.7.5 Asia-Pacific Market
2.7.6 China
2.7.7 Japan
2.7.8 UK
2.7.9 UK EE
2.7.10 Iran
2.7.11 Small Cell Deployments by Region and Density, Indoor and Outdoor, Architecture

3. Small Cells Product Description
3.1 Wireless Industry Small Cells for Homeowners

4. Small Cells Research and Technology
4.1 Modern Mobile Network
4.2 FCC Position on Small Cells
4.2.1 Small Cell Legislation in California
4.2.2 Small Cells Support Competitiveness of Nations
4.3 Industry Associations
4.3.1 Cambridge Wireless
4.4 Small Cells Local Regulations
4.4.1 ETSI
4.5 Macro Network Layer
4.5.1 LTE Small Cell Technology

5. Small Cells Company Profiles
5.1 Airspan
5.2 ANs
5.2.1 ANS Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cells
5.3 ADRF
5.4 Airspan
5.5 AT&T
5.5.1 AT&T Small Cells
5.5.2 Fiber is Key to 5G
5.6 Ciena
5.6.1 Ciena Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 and Year-End Financial Results
5.7 Cisco Small Cells
5.7.1 Cisco Universal Small Cell 8000 Series End-Of-Life
5.8 CommScope
5.8.1 Commscope Revenue
5.8.2 Airvana
5.8.3 Commscope / Airvana
5.8.4 Airvana Targets Mobile Operators
5.9 Corning / Spidercloud
5.9.1 SpiderCloud LTE Small Cell Technology
5.10 Ericsson Small Cells
5.10.1 Ericsson Holistic View Of The Network
5.10.2 LM Ericsson Revenue
5.10.3 Ericsson Benefits Of Integrated Small Cells
5.10.4 Ericsson Lightpole Site
5.10.5 Ericsson Radio Dot System
5.10.6 Ericsson Dual Band Radio Dot
5.10.7 Hardened Radio Dot for Outdoor and Stadium Deployments
5.10.8 Ericsson Small Cell In-Building Solutions
5.10.9 Ericsson, AT&T, Qualcomm, and Small cells
5.11 Huawei
5.11.1 Huawei Small Cell Achievements in 4.5G/5G Technologies
5.11.2 Densify Cellular Networks, Creating Serious Inter-Cell Interference Solution
5.11.3 Huawei Revenue
5.11.4 Huawei 5G Operator Collaboration
5.11.5 Huawei 5G Vendor Trials
5.11.6 Huawei 5G X-Haul
5.12 ip.access
5.12.1 Ip.access Industry Standards
5.13 NBN
5.14 Nokia
5.14.1 Nokia Small Cells Improve TCO
5.14.2 Nokia Small Cells Deliver Cost-Effective Capacity And Coverage, Indoors And Outdoors, Key To Network Innovation
5.14.3 Nokia Small Cells Support Heterogeneous Network
5.14.4 Nokia Small Cell Deployments
5.14.5 Smart WiFi Delivers Carrier Grade Wireless Access with Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi
5.14.6 Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi Allows Service Providers Without Licensed Spectrum To Run a Wi-Fi service That Takes Advantage Of Mobile Edge Computing
5.14.7 Nokia Revenue
5.15 NTSI
5.16 Optimos
5.16.1 City of New York Selects Optimos
5.16.2 Irma and Maria Recovery - Acorn
5.16.3 Optimos International to Rollout PICOs Nationally
5.17 Qualcomm
5.18 Samsung
5.19 Signal Booster.com
5.19.1 Cellular Signal Booster, Das, Public Safety Das Equipment
5.19.2 Public Safety Bands
5.20 Small Cell Forum
5.21 Solid Technologies
5.22 Zouk Capital / ip.access
5.23 ZTE
5.23.1 ZTE Revenue
5.24 Selected List of Small Cell Companies
5.24.1 Cell Phone Signal Boosters For Home

6. The Publisher
6.1 Research Methodology
6.2 Research Process
6.3 Market Research Study

List of Figures
Figure 1. Small Cell Market Driving Forces
Figure 2. Small Cell Infrastructure Critical Issues
Figure 3. Industry Increasing Network Bandwidth Dramatically
Figure 4. Converged Networks
Figure 5. Small Cell Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2018
Figure 6. Small Cells Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 7. Vision for 5G
Figure 8. Small Cells That Amplify Cellular Phone Signals Making Possible More Uses Of A Mobile Phone Indoors
Figure 9. Barriers To Market Development for Outdoor Small Cell Market In Beginning Stages Of Deployment
Figure 10. Outdoor Small Cell Cost Issues
Figure 11. Constraints on 5G Development
Figure 12. Small Cells Market Driving Forces
Figure 13. Small Cells Industry Adaptation To Change
Figure 14. Small Cells Industry Adaptations
Figure 15. Small Cells Industry Imperatives
Figure 16. Inside Building Poor RF Coverage, RF Distribution Systems
Figure 17. Cell Phone Signal Enhancement Process
Figure 18. Cell Phone Signal Simulation using iBwave
Figure 19. Types of Buildings Using Cell Phone Signal Enhancement
Figure 20. Shared Spectrum Radios Network Changes
Figure 21. 5G Small Cell Benefits
Figure 22. Low Cost Characteristics Of Small Cells
Figure 23. Fixed Mobile Convergence Handset Illustration
Figure 24. 5G Innovation Platform Features
Figure 25. Small Cell Industry Increasing Network Bandwidth Dramatically
Figure 26. Small Cell Business Model Elements
Figure 27. Small Cell Operational Risks Different From Tower Site Rental Business
Figure 28. Small Cell Market Driving Forces
Figure 29. Small Cell Market Driving Factors
Figure 30. Small Cell Market Issues
Figure 31. Small Cell Infrastructure Critical Issues
Figure 32. Converged Networks
Figure 33. Small Cell Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2018
Figure 34. Small Cell Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2018
Figure 35. Small Cell Equipment Market Shares, Units, Worldwide, 2018
Figure 36. Small Cell Company Market Positioning, 2018
Figure 37. Fiber Homes Passed AT&T
Figure 38. Ericsson Multi-Operator Dot Small Cell
Figure 39. Small Cells Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 40. Small Cell Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 41. Small Cell Market Forecasts Units, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 42. Small Cell Market Segments, Carrier Indoor, Femto Cells, Carrier Outdoor, and Enterprise
Figure 43. 5G Application Network Improvements
Figure 44. Small Cell Market Industry Segments, 3G, 4G, and 5G, Dollars, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 45. Small Cell Market Industry Segments, 3G, 4G, and 5G, Percent, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 46. Wireless Customer Market Forecasts, Worldwide, 2018
Figure 47. Industry Increasing Network Bandwidth Dramatically
Figure 48. Mobile Data Traffic Growth
Figure 49. Ericsson Estimate of Worldwide Wireless Subscriber Base
Figure 50. Small Cell Market Forecasts, Installed Base Units, Worldwide, 2019-2025
Figure 51. Power, Coverage, and Capacity of Small Cells
Figure 52. Back Haul Small Cell Market Is Primarily Driving Factors
Figure 53. Number of Mobil Subscribers Worldwide, 2017
Figure 54. CTIA Count of Wireless Subscribers in Americas
Figure 55. Mobile Subscribers by Technology Generation 2015
Figure 56. Billions of M to M Connections
Figure 57. Annual Net Subscriber Additions in US by Service Provider
Figure 58. Smartphone Traffic vs Tablets Other Wireless Hones, and Laptops
Figure 59. Massive Investment Cycle: US Homes Passed with Fiber
Figure 60. Key Market Driver
Figure 61. Small Cell Hyperdense Installation in Oakland CA
Figure 62. Hyperdense Work Streams Features
Figure 63. Hyper-dense Smart Cell Features
Figure 64. Nokia Femtocell Price Image
Figure 65. Small Cell Prices And Coverage, Verizon, Samsung and AT&T
Figure 66. Sprint Magicbox
Figure 67. Small Cells Regional Market Segments, 2018
Figure 68. Small Cells Regional Market Segments, 2018
Figure 69. A Recent Crown Castle Small Cell with VZ on it at 35th & Lituanica, Chicago:
Figure 70. Small Cells San Francisco and Oakland
Figure 71. Small Cells and Electricity Distribution
Figure 72. Small Cells vs. DAS Locations
Figure 73. Houston Small Cell Separate Site Applications
Figure 74. Industry Small Cell Installations vs. Examples
Figure 75. Small Cell Forum Partners
Figure 76. Small Cell Forum Collaboration Partners
Figure 77. Integrate Wireless Technology Into The Built Environment
Figure 78. 5G Licensed, Shared, and Unlicensed Spectrum Bands and Properties
Figure 79. Bandwidth Allocation by Country
Figure 80. 5G Spectrum Utilizing Low, Mid, and High Bands
Figure 81. 5G NR mmWave Outdoor Coverage via co-Siting
Figure 82. ANS Trusted Source of Backhaul Expertise
Figure 83. DAS Services by ANS
Figure 84. Small Cell Services by ANS
Figure 85. DAS Services by ANS
Figure 86. ADRF Positioning
Figure 87. Ciena Revenue Q$ 2017 and 2016
Figure 88. Cisco Universal Small Cell 8000 Series
Figure 89. Commscope Revenue by Segment
Figure 90. Metro Cell Solution Locations
Figure 91. Macro Cell Tower Solutions Locations
Figure 92. Macro Cell Tower Solutions Signal Transmission Types
Figure 93. Metro Cell Solution Signal Transmission Types
Figure 94. SpiderCloud LTE Small Cell Technology
Figure 95. Ericsson Small Cell Portfolio Features:
Figure 96. Ericsson Positioning for Small Cells
Figure 97. Ericsson End-To-End Integrated Small Cells
Figure 98. Ericsson Small Cell Strand-Mount Unit for Outdoor Micro Radios Making It Easier To Install Radios On Existing Grid: Hung On Aerial Coax, Fiber, Or Electricity Cables
Figure 99. Ericsson Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure Functions
Figure 100. Ericsson Radio Dot System Architecture
Figure 101. Ericsson Dual Band Radio Dot
Figure 102. Ericsson Hardened Radio Dot for Outdoor and Stadium Deployments
Figure 103. Outdoor and Stadium Ericsson Hardened Radio Dot Small Cell Features
Figure 104. Ericsson Small Cell In-Building Solutions
Figure 105. Huawei Small Cells
Figure 106. Huawei Positioning with Small Cells to Address Network  Operator Needs
Figure 107. Huawei Significant Breakthroughs In Air Interface Solutions
Figure 108. Small Cell 4.5G Technologies Implementations
Figure 109. Nokia eNode Bs Features
Figure 110. Nokia 5G AirScale and AirFrame Radio Portfolio
Figure 111. Nokia Broadband Traffic
Figure 112. Nokia AirScale
Figure 113. Nokia 5G Applications Remote Vehicle SubArrays, Multiple Nodes with 128 Antennae elements, Indoor Mobility, Adaptive Beam Tracking, Outdoor Vehicular Mobility
Figure 114. Nokia In Building Wireless
Figure 115. Nokia Small Cell Target Markets
Figure 116. Nokia DAS and Hybrid Ethernet Based DAS
Figure 117. Nokia Supports Indoor Wireless
Figure 118. Nokia Advantages of Small Cells
Figure 119. Small Cells Support Heterogeneous Network
Figure 120. Nokia Small Cell Deployments
Figure 121. Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi’
Figure 122. NTSI Customers
Figure 123. Qualcomm / Nokia Partnership
Figure 124. Mobile Carriers And Wireless Networks That Need Enhanced Reception
Figure 125. Small Cell Forum Standardization Of Key Elements Of Small Cell Technology
Figure 126. Small Cell Forum Membership Standardization Of Key Elements Of Small Cell Technology
Figure 127. 5G Issues As They Relate To Small Cells And Network Densification
Figure 128. Small Cell Forum Issues, Virtualization, Cloud, Edge, Shared Spectrum, RAN
Figure 129. Operational and Deployment Requirements, Including Regulatory Frameworks, Backhaul And Sites Topics
Figure 130. Solid Technologies Small Cells for Hospitals
Figure 131. Series of ZTE LTE Small Cell products
Figure 132. ZTE Small Cell Product Highlights

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  • ADRF
  • Airspan
  • Airvana
  • ANs
  • AT&T
  • Ciena
  • Cisco
  • CommScope
  • Corning
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • ip.access
  • NBN
  • Nokia
  • NTSI
  • Optimos
  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • Signal Booster.com
  • Small Cell Forum
  • Solid Technologies
  • Spidercloud
  • Zouk Capital
  • ZTE
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