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Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. Picocell Total Addressable Market, 2012-2017: Sizing the opportunity in the enterprise

The heterogeneous network (het-net) of tomorrow will likely be comprised of multiple layers of small and large cells, DAS and WiFi. The small cell term is relatively new and is sometimes used in different ways. iGR defines a “small cell” as a low power product (relative to macrocells) that operates on licensed frequencies and functions as small, self-contained cellular base stations.

A picocell is, in essence, a larger femtocell that is deployed into a business or small venue. The typical picocell is physically larger than a femtocell, has a higher power output (between 100 to 150 milliwatts) and, consequently, has a longer range and the ability to support a larger area, traffic capacity and/or more concurrent users (between 8 to 32).

Whereas femtocells are almost exclusively deployed indoors, a picocell implementation could be indoor or outdoor. Note, too, that multiple picocells could be grouped together to serve more people. Examples of venues that might favor picocells include convention centers, hotels, office buildings, stadiums, corporate campuses, etc.

So, the central premise behind picocells is that they will (likely) be deployed to provide better indoor voice/data coverage on licensed cellular bands.


Key Questions Answered

  • How does iGR define small cells in general?
  • How does iGR define picocells?
  • How do picocells work?
  • What are the benefits of picocells?
  • What are the limitations / technical challenges surrounding picocell deployments?
  • What is the use case for picocells?
  • Where are picocells likely to be deployed?
  • How many buildings are in the U.S.?
  • What are the key elements and assumptions in iGR total addressable market forecast for U.S. picocells?
  • What is the total addressable market forecast for picocell installations in the U.S.?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Femtocell, picocell and small cell infrastructure vendors
  • Mobile network infrastructure OEMs
  • Mobile network software and services providers
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Picocells
    • Two Similar Views on Femto-/Picocells
    • How Picocells Work
      • Interference
      • ICIC and eICIC
      • Picocell Deployments
  • Picocell Use Cases
    • Illustrating Concentrated Mobile Data Demand
    • Improvements to Voice Service
    • Location of Voice Improvements
    • Types of Desired Voice Improvements
    • Actual Picocell Use Case
  • Buildings in the U.S.
  • Picocell: Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • Core Assumptions
    • Methodology
  • Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Acme Packet
    • Airspan Networks
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Argela
    • Ericsson
    • Hay Systems Ltd (HSL)
    • Huawei
    • ip.access
    • Juni
    • Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
    • NEC
    • Nokia Siemens Networks
    • Powerwave Technologies
    • Public Wireless
    • PureWave Networks
    • Quortus
    • Ruckus Wireless
    • Samsung Electronics
    • SpiderCloud Wireless
    • Taqua LLC
    • Ubee-Airwalk
    • Ubiquisys
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Small Cells, according to Nokia‐Siemens
  • Table 2: Small Cell Comparison, AT&T’s Antenna Solutions Group
  • Table 3: Location of Voice Improvements, Personal vs. Work Users
  • Table 4: Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Table 5: Cost of Orange France Picocell
  • Table 6: Buildings in the U.S., 2003
  • Table 7: Number of Floors per Building
  • Table 8: Workers per Building Category
  • Table 9: Buildings per Floor Space Category
  • Table 10: Floor Space by Principal Building Activity
  • Table 11: Number of Buildings in the Office Category, by Floor space
  • Table 12: Total Addressable Market for U.S. Picocells, 2010
  • Table 13: U.S. Picocell Total Addressable Market, 2012‐2017

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: U.S. Picocell Total Addressable Market, 2012-2017
  • Figure 1: Possible Interference Sources in a Loaded Network
  • Figure 2: Location of Voice Improvements
  • Figure 3: Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Figure 4: Buildings in the U.S., 2003
  • Figure 5: Number of Floors per Building
  • Figure 6: Workers per Building Category
  • Figure 7: Buildings per Floor Space Category
  • Figure 8: Floor Space by Principal Building Activity
  • Figure 9: Number of Buildings in the Office Category, by Floor space
  • Figure 10: U.S. Picocell Total Addressable Market, 2012‐2017
  • Figure 11: U.S. Picocell Total Addressable Market, 2012‐2017
  • Figure 12: Acme Packet Security Gateway
  • Figure 13: ip.access Femtocell Solution
  • Figure 14: ip.access nanoGSM Solution
  • Figure 15: Juni LTE Small Cell Solution with JS-500
  • Figure 16: Juni LTE Small Cell Solution with JS-600
  • Figure 17: NEC Femtocell Access Point Management System
  • Figure 18: Ruckus Wi-Fi to LTE Deployment Transition
  • Figure 19: Ruckus Wi-Fi Offload Solution
  • Figure 20: Taqua Backhaul System
  • Figure 21: Ubiquisys Technologies

For additional information on the U.S. Picocell Total Addressable Market, 2012-2017: Sizing opportunity in the enterprise market research report, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.