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U.S. Residential Femtocell Total Addressable Market, 2012-2017: Measuring the impact in the home

Mobile network quality is of critical importance to the wireless and mobile industry. Consumers often judge the worth of a service, application or mobile phone based on their overall network experience. The quality and coverage of residential cellular voice remains a key issue for consumers especially given the ongoing trend toward landline replacement.

Residential femtocells are one way mobile operators can improve the quality of their subscribers’ cellular voice service – primarily from the standpoint of creating or improving coverage inside a home. Most residential femtocells deployed in the U.S. today were rolled out to improve coverage for high-value customers. Moving forward, iGR believes that this will be the primary use case for residential femtocells, as well.

This report provides a total addressable market forecast for residential femtocells in the U.S.


Key Questions Answered

  • What qualities do consumers consider when they rate the quality of the voice reception in their home?
  • How do consumers rate the quality of the voice reception in their home?
  • What is a femtocell?
  • How does a femtocell work?
  • What are the use cases for femtocells?
  • What is the total addressable market for residential femtocells in the U.S.?
  • How many femtocells are installed in U.S. households?
  • What are the anticipated use cases for femtocells in U.S. households?
  • How do these aggressive and conservative use cases impact the installed base forecast?
  • How can femtocells be used to offload macro cellular network traffic?
  • What are the forecasts for femtocell installation in the U.S.?
  • Who are the vendors in the femtocell industry and what products do they provide?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Femtocell 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
    • Total Addressable Market Calculation
    • Indexes
  • Femtocells
    • Femtocells and Picocells
    • How Femtocells Work
    • Femtocell Use Cases
  • Cellular Voice at Home
    • Rating of Voice Reception in Home
    • Qualities Considered in Home Voice Reception Rating
    • Femtocells used at home
    • Cellular Data Experience
    • Rating of Cellular Data Coverage
    • Rating of Cellular Data Speed
  • Improvements to Voice Service
    • Location of Voice Improvements
    • Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Femtocell: Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • Core Assumptions
    • Sizing the Femtocell TAM
    • Forecasting the U.S. Femtocell Install Base: Two Scenarios
      • U.S. Femtocell Forecast: Customer Retention
      • U.S. Femtocell Forecast: Aggressive Use for Macro Offload
      • Comparing U.S. Femtocell Forecasts
  • Femtocell Vendor Profiles
    • Acme Packet
    • Airvana LLC
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Argela
    • Cisco
    • Gemtek
    • Hay Systems Ltd (HSL)
    • ip.access
    • Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
    • NEC
    • Nokia Siemens Networks
    • Public Wireless
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Sercomm
    • Ubee-Airwalk
    • Ubiquisys
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Rating of Voice Reception in Home
  • Table 2: Qualities Considered in Home Voice Reception Rating
  • Table 3: Existence of a Femtocell in the Home
  • Table 4: Rating of Cellular Data Coverage
  • Table 5: Rating of Cellular Data Speed
  • Table 6: Location of Voice Improvements
  • Table 7: Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Table 8: U.S. Femtocell Total Addressable Market, 2011-2017
  • Table 9: Potential People Covered by Femtocells, 2011-2017
  • Table 10: U.S. Femtocell Customer Retention Use Case, 2011-2016
  • Table 11: U.S. Femtocell Aggressive Use Case for Macro Offload, 2011-2016

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: U.S. Residential Femtocell Total Addressable Market, 2011-2017
  • Figure B: Comparing U.S. Femtocell Installed Base Forecasts, 2011-2017
  • Figure 1: Basic Femtocell Deployment
  • Figure 2: Diagram of LTE Femtocell
  • Figure 3: Possible Interference Sources in a Loaded Network
  • Figure 4: Femtocell Use Cases
  • Figure 5: Rating of Voice Reception in Home
  • Figure 6: Qualities Considered in Home Voice Reception Rating
  • Figure 7: Existence of a Femtocell in the Home
  • Figure 8: Rating of Cellular Data Coverage
  • Figure 9: Rating of Cellular Data Speed
  • Figure 10: Location of Voice Improvements
  • Figure 11: Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Figure 12: U.S. Femtocell Total Addressable Market, 2011-2017
  • Figure 13: Potential People Covered by Femtocells, 2011-2017
  • Figure 14: U.S. Femtocell Customer Retention Use Case, 2011-2016
  • Figure 15: U.S. Femtocell Aggressive Use Case for Macro Offload, 2011-2016
  • Figure 16: Comparing U.S. Femtocell Forecasts, 2011-2017
  • Figure 17: Connection from Small Cell to the Core
  • Figure 18: Femtocell and FSM Configuration
  • Figure 19: Cisco Femtocell Solution Components
  • Figure 20: Gemtek IDV-Series VoIP Gateway
  • Figure 21: Gemtek WLTFSR-Series LTE Data/VoIP/WiFi Gateway
  • Figure 22: ip.access Femtocell Solution
  • Figure 23: ip.access nanoGSM Solution
  • Figure 24: NEC Small Cell Solutions
  • Figure 25: NEC Small Cell Solution Functionality
  • Figure 26: NEC Femtocell Access Point Management System
  • Figure 27: NEC’s SON solution for HetNet
  • Figure 28: Ubiquisys Technologies

For additional information on the U.S. Residential Femtocell Total Addressable Market, 2011-2017: Measuring the impact in the home market research report, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.