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Small Cells Module 1 – Deployments and Key Trends 2014 – 2021

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.


Module 1: Small Cell Deployments and Installed Base 2014 to 2021

Table 1  – New deployments of small cells 2014-2021

Table 2  – New deployments of small cells by environment

Table 3  – New deployments of enterprise small cells by region

Table 4  – New deployments of urban and rural small cells by region

Table 5  – New deployments of small cells by network technology

Table 6  – New deployments of small cells, relationship with WiFi

Table 7  – New deployments of small cells, by location

Table 8  – Small cell deployments by mode (TDD/FDD)

Table 9  – Small cell deployments – multiband and carrier aggregation

Table 10 – Small cell deployments – total bands supported including multiband

Table 11 – Small cell deployments by architecture

Table 12 – Small cell deployments by density (enterprise and urban)

Table 13 – Small cell installed base 2014-2021 inc residential

Table 14 – Ideal and likely timelines to start deploying public access small cells commercially

Table 15 – Barriers to small cell deployment at scale (top 3)

Table 16 – Drivers to small cell deployment at scale (top 3)

Table 17 – Global revenues from small cell hardware – access points and gateways

Table 18 – Global revenues from small cell services

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