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HetNet Deployments and Trends 2014 – 2021

Densification in 2017 will be a real and urgent part of many cellular operators’ strategies to turn the inexorable rise of mobile traffic into profits. In most cases this will be achieved with investment in HetNet (heterogeneous network) architectures, which create a single, integrated pool  of capacity and coverage, using multiple cell sizes and base station form factors; multiple spectrum bands including unlicensed, licensed and shared; multivendor equipment; multiple air interfaces including 3G, 4G, WiFi and future 5G; and potentially multi-operator networks.

The HetNet deployments and trends forecasts by Caroline Gabriel 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.
  • Deeper interviews with senior executives at 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.

The HetNet deployments and trends report is 20 pages long, is accompanied by 17 data tables, and can be purchased for $2,000.

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Multilayer deployments and installed base

Table 1 – LTE or multimode macro layer base station deployments and upgrades, inc software, by region

Table 2 – Deployments and upgrades of small cells, cellular-only and cellular/WiFi by reg

Table 3 – LTE or multimode macro layer base station installed base

Table 4 – Small cell installed base by region, cellular-only and multimode

Table 5 – New deployments of other equipment into small cell sites, by location

Table 6 – Small cell deployments by density

Table 7 – Small cell installed base – shared or separate band

Table 8 – Small cell installed base – interworking with other layers

Table 9 – Deployment  of small cells supporting multiple technologies including public WiFi access points


Multiband spectrum combinations, LTE or LTE/multimode cells         

Table 10 – FDD LTE frequency bands deployed on small cells

Table 11 – TDD LTE frequency bands deployed on small cells

Table 12 – Small cell deployments and upgrades by number of bands

Table 13 – New small cell deployments by type of spectrum

Table 14 – LTE/multimode small cell deployments and upgrades by mode

Table 15 – LTE macrocell installed base by frequency band – bands supported, alone or in combination

Table 16 – LTE macrocell installed base by spectrum combination

Table 17 – LTE macrocell installed base by mode