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

$4400 - Single Copy or $8800 - Web Posting | Report # SH28191424 | 248 Pages | 132 Tables and Figures | 2019
  • 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, Or Electricity Cables
  • Distributed business
  • Enterprise
  • End-To-End Integrated Small Cells
  • Metro Cell Solution Signal Transmission
  • ADRF Positioning
  • Bandwidth Allocation
  • Across enterprise boundaries

LEXINGTON, Massachusetts (June 2, 2019) – WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new study Small Cells: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2019 to 2025.  The 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 on line 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.   
Figure 1. Small Cell Market Driving Forces
•  Need for enabling 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
Source:  WinterGreen Research, Inc.
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: 
Figure 2. 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.
Source:  WinterGreen Research, Inc.
The digital economy, self-driving cars, drones, traffic lights, and smart things all need more wireless coverage.  According to Susan Eustis, 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 smart phone video increase transmission needs.  “Everything will be connected,” said SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son, announcing an ARM processor deal in London.  
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Companies Profiled
Market Leaders
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • Nokia / Alcatel-Lucent
  • NEC
  • ZTE
  • Samsung
  • Fujitsu
  • ip.access
Market Participants
  • Airspan
  • ANs
  • ADRF
  • Ciena
  • CommScope
  • Corning Spidercloud
  • ip.access
  • NTSI
  • Optimos
  • Qualcomm
  • Signal
  • Small Cell Forum
  • Solid Technologies
  • Zouk Capital / ip.access
  • Small Cell Forum

Report Methodology

This is the 819th report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary databases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Author

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing strategies, Internet software, a study of Push to Talk Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, Business Process Management, Servers, Blades, the Mainframe as a Green Machine, and Application Server markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

$4400 - Single Copy or $8800 - Web Posting | Report # SH28191424 | 248 Pages | 132 Tables and Figures | 2019