Small cell forecast 2015 to 2021
The report, based on surveys of over 75 leading mobile operators worldwide, shows how densification and virtualization of networks are key to those strategies, and will make small cells, deployed at huge scale, into the foundation of the modern HetNet. The report also highlights important enablers of this trend, which will need to evolve rapidly, including SON
The deployment of dense small cells will increase the reliance on the mobile network edge as a key platform to enable new services which require new levels of QoS, location awareness and latency reduction.
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These small cell forecasts were based on a combination of data from:
- Detailed surveys, interviews and operator-by-operator modeling of the IMG-40 groups.
- Studies of the deployments and strategies of the top 100 4G operators, as tracked by Rethink Technology Research’s quarterly surveys, interviews and desk research.
- A survey of 25 tier one operators about their detailed plans for RAN deployments to 2021.
- Input from ecosystem vendors on shipments, technology strategies and competitive landscape, also updated quarterly.
Based on the surveys of operators and vendors, it was then calculated how those cell sites would be equipped – by base station type, technology, frequency band etc, leading to a detailed unit and market size measurement.
UPDATED JANUARY 2017
Module 1: Small Cell Deployments and Installed Base 2014 to 2021