Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

Global Indoor Small Cells TAM Forecast, 2015-2020: Commercial and residential buildings

Indoor small cells are used to provide improved coverage to mobile consumers worldwide when they are in their home or a commercial building. Many different types of solutions for solving in-building cellular voice/data quality exist, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Distributed Network Systems (DNS), picocells (enterprise small cells), femtocells (residential small cells) and signal boosters.

This market study presents a five-year forecast for the worldwide total addressable market (TAM) for indoor small cells. The TAM includes the number of systems and nodes for commercial buildings, and the number of households and nodes for residential buildings. The forecasts are provided at the global level, as well as for the six regions of North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan.

Note that the Total Addressable Market represents the potential number of small cells that would be needed to address all coverage and capacity issues. This does not forecast the actual number of small cells installed indoors.

The report also discusses how small cells fit in the overall mobile network architecture. It also describes in detail the various in-building small cell solutions, as well as the benefits and issues surrounding their deployment.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is the worldwide total addressable market for indoor small cells in commercial buildings and how many systems and nodes are included in this TAM?
  • What is the worldwide total addressable market for indoor small cells in residential buildings and how many households and nodes are included in this TAM?
  • What are the individual TAMs for commercial buildings and residential buildings for each of the six global regions?
  • What does indoor mean and what are indoor small cells?
  • How do small cells fit in the mobile network?
  • What are some of the perceived benefits related to indoor small cells and what are the key drivers for their use?
  • What are some of the perceived negatives and issues related to indoor small cells and what are the key barriers to their adoption?

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
    • Indoor Cellular Solutions
    • Total Addressable Market
  • Methodology
  • Basic Mobile Operator Network Architecture
    • Devices
    • MIMO
    • Wireless Spectrum
    • Cell Sites
    • Fronthaul & Backhaul
    • Mobile Network Core
  • Setting the Stage for Small Cells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
    • iGR’s Definitions of Small Cells
    • Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
    • Hybrid Antenna System
    • DAS/Small Cell Architecture
    • Distributed “Network” Systems
    • Neutral-Host DAS vs. Single Host DAS
    • Changing Nature of DAS
    • Femtocells and Picocells
  • Indoor Small Cells: Pros and Cons
    • Benefits of Deploying In-Building Small Cells
    • Cons of Deploying In-Building Small Cells
  • Building Materials
  • Assumptions: Indoor Small Cells
  • Indoor Small Cell Total Addressable Market Methodology
    • Commercial Buildings TAM
      • Assumptions
      • Systems in TAM
      • Nodes in TAM
    • Residential Buildings TAM
      • Assumptions
      • Households in TAM
      • Nodes in TAM
  • Global Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
  • North America Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
    Latin America and Caribbean Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
    Europe Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
    Middle East and Africa Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
    Asia-Pacific Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
    Japan Commercial Building TAM
    • Commercial Floor Space and Buildings
    • Systems TAM
    • Nodes TAM
    Global Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
    North America Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
    Latin America and Caribbean Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
    Europe Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
    Middle East and Africa Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
    Asia-Pacific Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
    Japan Residential TAM
    • Households
    • Nodes
  • Indoor Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
    • Airspan Networks
    • Argela
    • Bandwidth Logic
    • Betacom Incorporated
    • Black Box Network Services
    • Brocade
    • BTI Wireless
    • C Squared Systems (C2 Systems)
    • Cisco
    • Cobham Wireless
    • Comba Telecom
    • CommScope
    • Connectivity Wireless Solutions
    • Corning
    • Crown Castle
    • Ericsson
    • Ethertronics
    • ExteNet Systems
    • Fujitsu Network Communications
    • Galtronics
    • Gemtek
    • Huawei
    • iBwave Solutions (Corning Incorporated)
    • ip.access
    • Juni
    • NEC
    • Nextivity
    • Nokia Networks
    • Oracle
    • Quortus
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Sercomm
    • SpiderCloud Wireless
    • SureCall
    • Taqua
    • Wilson Electronics
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
    • Regions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 2: Benefits of Neutral-Host DAS
  • Table 3: Commercial Floor Space by Region, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 4: Commercial Buildings by Region, 2015-2020
  • Table 5: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Table 6: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 7: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020
  • Table 8: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 9: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Table 10: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 11: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020
  • Table 12: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 13: North America Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 14: North America Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 15: North America Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 16: North America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 17: Latin America Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 18: Latin America Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 19: Latin America Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 20: Latin America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 21: Europe Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 22: Europe Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 23: Europe Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 24: Europe Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 25: MEA Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 26: MEA Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 27: MEA Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 28: MEA Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 29: Asia-Pacific Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 30: Asia-Pacific Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 31: Asia-Pacific Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 32: Asia-Pacific Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 33: Japan Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Table 34: Japan Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 35: Japan Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Table 36: Japan Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 37: Households in TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Table 38: Households in TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 39: Global Households in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020
  • Table 40: Global Households in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 41: Nodes in TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Table 42: Nodes in TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 43: Nodes in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020
  • Table 44: Nodes in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 45: North America Households, 2015-2020
  • Table 46: North America Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 47: North America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 48: North America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 49: Latin America Households, 2015-2020
  • Table 50: Latin America Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 51: Latin America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 52: Latin America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 53: Europe Households, 2015-2020
  • Table 54: Europe Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 55: Europe Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 56: Europe Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 57: MEA Households, 2015-2020
  • Table 58: MEA Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 59: MEA Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 60: MEA Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 61: Asia-Pacific Households, 2015-2020
  • Table 62: Asia-Pacific Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 63: Asia-Pacific Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 64: Asia-Pacific Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 65: Japan Households, 2015-2020
  • Table 66: Japan Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 67: Japan Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Table 68: Japan Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020
  • Figure B: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020
  • Figure C: Global Households in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020
  • Figure D: Global Nodes in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020
  • Figure 1: Basic Components of Cellular Voice/Data Network
  • Figure 2: Cell Site Backhaul Capabilities and Use Cases, Wired and Wireless
  • Figure 3: Overview of the EPC
  • Figure 4: Het-Net Overview
  • Figure 5: Basic DAS Configuration
  • Figure 6: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 7: Types of DAS
  • Figure 8: Commercial Floor Space by Region, 2015-2020 (square meters)
  • Figure 9: Commercial Buildings by Region, 2015-2020
  • Figure 10: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Figure 11: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 12: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020
  • Figure 13: Global Commercial In-Building Systems TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 14: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Figure 15: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 16: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020
  • Figure 17: Global Commercial In-Building Nodes TAM by Size of Building, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 18: North America Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020
  • Figure 19: North America Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 20: North America Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 21: North America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 22: Latin America Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020
  • Figure 23: Latin America Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 24: Latin America Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 25: Latin America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 26: Europe Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020
  • Figure 27: Europe Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 28: Europe Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 29: Europe Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 30: MEA Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020
  • Figure 31: MEA Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 32: MEA Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 33: MEA Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 34: Asia-Pacific Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020
  • Figure 35: Asia-Pacific Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 36: Asia-Pacific Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 37: Asia-Pacific Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 38: Japan Commercial Floor Space, 2015-2020
  • Figure 39: Japan Commercial Buildings by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 40: Japan Commercial Systems TAM by Size, 2015-2020
  • Figure 41: Japan Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 42: Households in TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Figure 43: Households in TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 44: Global Households in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020
  • Figure 45: Global Households in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 46: Nodes in TAM by Region, 2015-2020
  • Figure 47: Nodes in TAM by Region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 48: Nodes in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020
  • Figure 49: Nodes in TAM by Type of Household, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 50: North America Households, 2015-2020
  • Figure 51: North America Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 52: North America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 53: North America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 54: Latin America Households, 2015-2020
  • Figure 55: Latin America Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 56: Latin America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 57: Latin America Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 58: Europe Households, 2015-2020
  • Figure 59: Europe Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 60: Europe Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 61: Europe Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 62: MEA Households, 2015-2020
  • Figure 63: MEA Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 64: MEA Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 65: MEA Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 66: Asia-Pacific Households, 2015-2020
  • Figure 67: Asia-Pacific Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 68: Asia-Pacific Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 69: Asia-Pacific Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 70: Japan Households, 2015-2020
  • Figure 71: Japan Households in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 72: Japan Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020
  • Figure 73: Japan Nodes in TAM, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 74: Cisco Universal Small Cell Solution
  • Figure 75: Oracle Communications Security Gateway
  • Figure 76: SpiderCloud E-RAN System

For additional information on the Global Indoor Small Cells TAM Forecast, 2015-2020: Commercial and residential buildings market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.