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Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. Indoor Small Cells Forecast, 2018-2023: The CBRS Kickstart

CBRS is a big deal. It puts an LTE signal source in the hands of anyone who can afford the equipment – and build out a network, connect to a SAS, etc. Up to now, getting a signal source (a base station or the equivalent) has been the key bottleneck slowing indoor small cell deployments.

Since the MNOs stopped funding IBW deployments, the industry has had to find new sources of funding for projects. New models have emerged from third parties that are able to fund and build IBW systems independent of the MNOs.

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, picocells (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 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
    • 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
  • Indoor Small Cell Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • Methodology
    • Indoor Small Cell Total Addressable Market
    • TAM: Residential Only
    • TAM: Commercial Buildings Only
  • 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 Solutions (Corning)
    • ip.access
    • JMA Wireless
    • Kathrein
    • Microlab (Wireless Telecom Group)
    • NEC
    • Nextivity
    • Nokia Networks
    • Oracle
    • Quortus
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Sercomm
    • SOLiD
    • Solutelia
    • SureCall
    • Westell Technologies
    • Whoop Wireless
    • Wilson Electronics
    • Zinwave
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
  • 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: Advantages of DAS
  • Table 4: Challenges of DAS
  • Table 5: All Building Types Indoor Small Cell TAM, 2018-2023
  • Table 6: Residential TAM, 2018-2023
  • Table 7: Commercial Building Only TAM, 2018-2023
  • Table 8: Installed Indoor Small Cell Forecast, 2018-2023
  • Table 9: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Residential, 2018-2023
  • Table 10: Installed Indoor Residential Small Cell Forecast, Sub 6 GHz vs CBRS, 2018-2023
  • Table 11: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2018-2023
  • Table 12: Installed Indoor Commercial Building Small Cells by Spectrum Category, 2018-2023
  • Table 13: Percent of CBRS vs Non-CBRS Indoor Commercial Building Small Cell Nodes, 2018-2023
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Percent of CBRS versus Non-CBRS Indoor Small Cell Nodes, 2018-2023
  • 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: All Building Types In-Building Small Cell TAM, 2018-2023
  • Figure 8: Residential TAM, 2018-2023
  • Figure 9: Commercial Building Only TAM, 2018-2023
  • Figure 10: Installed Indoor Small Cell Nodes Forecast, 2018-2023
  • Figure 11: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Residential, 2018-2023
  • Figure 12: Installed Indoor Residential Small Cell Forecast, Sub 6 GHz vs CBRS, 2018-2023
  • Figure 13: Installed Small Cell Nodes in Commercial Buildings, 2018-2023
  • Figure 14: Installed Indoor Commercial Building Small Cells by Spectrum Category, 2018-2023
  • Figure 15: Percent of CBRS vs Non-CBRS Indoor Commercial Building Small Cell Nodes, 2018-2023

For additional information on the U.S. Indoor Small Cells Forecast, 2018-2023: The CBRS Kickstart market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.