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U.S. Indoor Small Cells Forecast, 2019-2024: The COVID-19 Slowdown

Because of the near-total shutdown of the U.S. economy due to COVID-19, iGR has reduced its forecast for the number of indoor small cells to be installed in the U.S. throughout the forecast period (2019-2024). iGR will again update this forecast in late 2020 when, ideally, more is known about the virus, its impact, and the U.S./global economy has begun recovering.

This market study provides a five-year forecast for indoor small cells in the U.S. Small cells run the gamut from Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), DAS Lite, Centralized-/Cloud-RAN, enterprise small cells, femtocells (residential small cells) and cellular signal boosters.

iGR classifies any system as “indoor” or “in-building” when the majority of its nodes (sites where the antennas are placed) are inside a building. iGR puts stadiums in the “indoor” category, along with hotels and airports to name a few.

In this market study, iGR provides a forecast for the:

  • Total addressable market (TAM) for indoor small cells.
  • Actual installed small cell nodes

Key Questions Answered

  • What effect has COVID-19 had on the indoor small cell market? What effect will it have?
  • What does indoor mean?
  • What are indoor small cells?
  • Where do small cells fit in the network?
  • What are some of the perceived benefits and issues related to indoor small cells?
  • What are the key drivers for using indoor small cells?
  • What is the impact of edge computing and proptech on indoor small cell deployments?
  • What are some of the perceived negatives and issues related to indoor small cells?
  • What are the key barriers to indoor small cell adoption?
  • How large is the total addressable market for indoor small cells?
  • How many indoor small cells are expected to be deployed both residentially and commercially?
  • What percentage of deployed indoor small cells will use sub-6 GHz, mmWave and CBRS spectrum bands?

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
    • Revised Forecast
    • What this means
  • Methodology
  • Basic Mobile Operator Network Architecture
    • Wireless Spectrum
    • Cell Sites
    • The Different Types of Haul
  • Setting the Stage for Small Cells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
    • Hybrid Antenna System
    • DAS/Small Cell Architecture
    • Neutral-Host DAS vs. Single Host DAS
    • Changing Nature of DAS
  • Pros and Cons of In-building Small Cells
    • Benefits of Deploying In-Building Small Cells
    • Cons of Deploying In-Building Small Cells
    • Advantages Provided by DAS
    • Challenges with DAS Deployments
  • Related Topics: Edge Computing, CBRS and Proptech
    • Edge Computing
    • CBRS
    • Proptech
  • Assumptions: Indoor Small Cells
    • The Impact of COVID-19
    • What about CBRS?
  • Indoor Small Cell Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • Indoor Small Cell Total Addressable Market
  • U.S. Indoor Small Cells: Actual Installs
    • Installed Small Cell Nodes in Residential
    • Installed Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings
  • Indoor Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
    • Accelleran
    • Airspan Networks
    • Bandwidth Logic
    • Betacom Incorporated
    • BTI Wireless
    • C Squared Systems (C2 Systems)
    • Cobham Wireless
    • Comba Telecom
    • CommScope
    • Connectivity Wireless Solutions
    • Corning / Corning SpiderCloud Wireless
    • Crown Castle
    • Dali Wireless
    • Druid Software
    • Ericsson
    • ExteNet Systems
    • Galtronics
    • Gemtek
    • Huawei
    • iBwave (Corning)
    • ip.access
    • JMA Wireless
    • Microlab (Wireless Telecom Group)
    • NEC
    • Nextivity
    • Nokia Networks
    • Quortus
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Sercomm
    • SOLiD
    • Solutelia
    • SureCall
    • Westell Technologies
    • Whoop Wireless
    • Wilson Electronics
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Installed indoor small cell forecast by band and building type, 2019-2024
  • Table 1: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 2: Benefits of Neutral-Host DAS
  • Table 3: Advantages of DAS
  • Table 4: Challenges of DAS
  • Table 5: Employment by NAICS 517, Feb. 2020 to May 2020
  • Table 6: All Building Types Indoor Small Cell TAM, 2019-2024
  • Table 7: Installed Indoor Small Cell Forecast, 2019-2024
  • Table 8: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Residential, 2019-2024
  • Table 9: Installed Indoor Residential Small Cell Forecast, Sub 6 GHz vs CBRS, 2019-2024
  • Table 10: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Table 11: Installed Sub 6 GHz Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Table 12: Installed CBRS Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Table 13: Installed mmWave Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Installed indoor small cell forecast by band and building type, 2019-2024
  • Figure 1: Basic Components of Cellular Voice/Data Network
  • Figure 2: Cell Site Backhaul Capabilities and Use Cases, Wired and Wireless
  • Figure 3: Basic DAS Configuration
  • Figure 4: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 5: Types of DAS
  • Figure 6: 3GPP Approaches to Network Sharing
  • Figure 7: Overview of CBRS Band
  • Figure 8: Employment by NAICS 517, Feb. 2020 to May 2020
  • Figure 9: Hotel Occupancy Rate, Americas, 2019-2020
  • Figure 10: Share of workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19, U.S., March 2020
  • Figure 11: All Building Types In-Building Small Cell TAM, 2019-2024
  • Figure 12: Installed Indoor Small Cell Nodes Forecast, 2019-2024
  • Figure 13: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Residential, 2019-2024
  • Figure 14: Installed Indoor Residential Small Cell Forecast, Sub 6 GHz vs CBRS, 2019-2024
  • Figure 15: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Figure 16: Installed Sub 6 GHz Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Figure 17: Installed CBRS Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024
  • Figure 18: Installed mmWave Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2019-2024

For additional information on the U.S. Indoor Small Cells Forecast, 2019-2024: The COVID-19 Slowdown market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.

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