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Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. Outdoor Small Cells Forecast, 2014-2019: Still early stages of market growth

In this report, iGR presents a total addressable market forecast and an “actual” forecast for two types of outdoor small cells: metrocells and remote radio heads (RRHs) that are deployed as small cells (i.e., not on a macrocell tower or site).

iGR expects outdoor small cells to be installed on street furniture (e.g., bus stop shelters, poles, building sides and roofs). If the metrocell or RRH is collocated with a macrocell site (e.g., building roof), but not actually installed on the structure where the macrocell antennas, etc., are installed, then iGR considers that to also be a small cell installation.

Note that this report does not include outdoor distributed antenna systems (oDAS). It also does not include any indoor deployments of small cells or DAS. Note further that this report only applies to the United States.

Metrocells are low power cell sites that operate on an operator’s licensed frequency to provide additional coverage and/or capacity in a given urban area. Their baseband is integrated within the overall form factor, along with power and backhaul ports.

A remote radio head (RRH) has an integrated radio frequency (RF) unit that is connected via fronthaul to centralized baseband processing units. The assumptions underlying iGR’s outdoor small cell forecasts are explained in this report. The forecasts are further based on iGR’s global connections forecast report and iGR’s mobile data forecast report, as well as iGR’s primary and secondary research, and various other sources.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is an outdoor small cell? What are metrocells and RRHs?
  • How do outdoor small cells fit into operators’ evolving networks?
  • Where are outdoor small cells most likely to be located? What’s their role?
  • What is the total addressable market in the U.S. for outdoor small cells?
  • How does the forecast for actual outdoor small cells deployments compare to the outdoor small cell total addressable market forecast?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Backhaul service providers and equipment OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Setting the Stage for Small Cells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
    • iGR’s Definitions of Small Cells
    • Small Cell Options: Backhaul & Fronthaul
    • Difference between RRHs and Metrocells
  • Outdoor Small Deployment Requirements
    • Deployment requirements
    • Regulatory considerations
    • Small Cell Installations
    • Locations for Small Cells
  • Pros and Cons of Outdoor Small Cells
  • Outdoor Small Cells: TAM and Actual Deployments
    • The Model for Estimating Mobile Network Capacity
    • Methodology for Outdoor Small Cell – Actual Deployments
    • General Trends / Assumptions around Outdoor Small Cells
  • Outdoor Small Cell Forecast: TAM and Deployed
    • TAM Forecast
    • Actual Deployments Forecast
  • Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Airspan Networks
    • Airvana
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Argela
    • Cisco
    • Ericsson
    • Huawei
    • ip.access
    • Juni
    • NEC
    • Nokia Networks
    • Oracle
    • Public Wireless
    • Quortus
    • Ruckus Wireless
    • Samsung Electronics
    • SpiderCloud Wireless>/li>
    • Taqua
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 2: U.S. Outdoor Small Cell TAM, 2014-2019
  • Table 3: U.S. Actual Outdoor Small Cell Installations, 2014-2019
  • Table 4: U.S. Actual Outdoor Small Cells Deployments by Type, 2014-2019
  • Table 5: Summary of U.S. Outdoor Small Cell TAM and Actual, 2014-2019

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Comparison of U.S. Outdoor Small Cell TAM with Actuals, 2014-2019
  • Figure 1: Het-Net Overview
  • Figure 2: Possible Interference Sources in a Loaded Network
  • Figure 3: How Latency Adds Up
  • Figure 4: Small Cell Options: Backhaul & Fronthaul
  • Figure 5: U.S. Outdoor Small Cell TAM, 2014-2019
  • Figure 6: U.S. Actual Outdoor Small Cell Installations, 2013-2019
  • Figure 7: Actual U.S. Outdoor Small Cells Deployments by Type, 2014-2019
  • Figure 8: Comparison of U.S. Outdoor Small Cell TAM with Actuals, 2014-2019
  • Figure 9: Cisco Universal Small Cell Solution
  • Figure 10: Oracle Communications Security Gateway
  • Figure 11: SpiderCloud E-RAN System

For additional information on the U.S. Outdoor Small Cells Forecast, 2014-2019: Still early stages of market growth market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.