Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

Global LTE Metrocells Forecast, 2013-2018: Early stages of market growth

As part of the “small cell” category, metrocells are one of several options that many global wireless operators are considering in order to meet the rising demand for mobile data. This approach, which combines RAN upgrades, new licensed spectrum, WiFi, small cells of various types and distributed antenna systems (DAS), is typically referred to as the heterogeneous network or het-net.

This report provides a forecast for both the total addressable global market for LTE metrocells and a forecast for the expected global deployments of LTE metrocells. Metrocells are, as compared to macrocells, low power cell sites that operate on an operator’s licensed frequency to provide additional coverage and/or capacity in a given urban area.

The assumptions underlying iGR’s LTE metrocell 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 a metrocell?
  • How do metrocells fit into operators’ evolving networks?
  • Where are metrocells most likely to be located? What’s their role?
  • How much mobile data do end users in all global regions consume and/or demand?
  • How much mobile data capacity will be required in the next five years?
  • How many metrocells are forecasted to be deployed?
  • Which regions of the world will see the greatest demand for metrocells?
  • How does the forecast for metrocell deployments compare to the metrocell total addressable market?

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
  • Rising Demand for Mobile Data
    • Estimating Mobile Data Demand
  • Setting the Stage for Metrocells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
    • Overview of Metrocell Technical Considerations
    • iGR’s Definitions of Small Cells
  • LTE Metrocells: TAM and Forecast Deployments
    • The Model for LTE Metrocell TAM
    • LTE Metrocell Forecast: TAM and Deployed
    • Methodology for Forecasted LTE Metrocell Deployments
    • General Forecast Assumptions: LTE Metrocells TAM & Actual
    • Assumptions per Geographic Region
  • LTE Metrocell Forecast: TAM and Deployed
    • Global LTE Metrocell Forecast
  • Conclusion
  • Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Airspan Networks
    • Airvana
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Argela
    • Cisco
    • Ericsson
    • Huawei
    • ip.access
    • Juni
    • NEC
    • Nokia Networks
    • Oracle
    • Public Wireless
    • PureWave Networks
    • 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: Average Mobile Data Traffic per Month per Connection by Global Region, 2013-2018
  • Table 2: Total Mobile Data Demand per Region, 2013-2018
  • Table 3: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 4: Global 4G Metrocell TAM, 2013-2018
  • Table 5: Global LTE Metrocell TAM Percent by Region, 2013-2018
  • Table 6: Global LTE Metrocells – Actual Deployments, 2013-2018
  • Table 7: Actual Global LTE Metrocells Percent per Region, 2013-2018

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Global LTE Metrocell Total Addressable Market, 2013-2018
  • Figure B: Global LTE Metrocells – Actual Deployments, 2013-2018
  • Figure 1: Global mobile data usage per month, 2013-2018 (TB per month)
  • Figure 2: Average Mobile Data Traffic per Month per Connection by Global Region, 2013-2018
  • Figure 3: Total Mobile Data Demand per Region, 2013-2018
  • Figure 4: Het-Net Overview
  • Figure 5: Possible Interference Sources in a Loaded Network
  • Figure 6: Global 4G Metrocell TAM, 2013-2018
  • Figure 7: Global LTE Metrocell TAM Percent by Region, 2013-2018
  • Figure 8: Global LTE Metrocells – Actual Deployments, 2013-2018
  • Figure 9: Actual Global LTE Metrocells Percent by Region, 2013-2018
  • Figure 10: Cisco Licensed Small Cell Solution
  • Figure 11: Juni LTE Small Cell Solution
  • Figure 12: Oracle Communications Security Gateway
  • Figure 13: SpiderCloud E-RAN System

For additional information on the Global LTE Metrocells Forecast, 2013-2018: Early stages of market growth market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.