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U.S. Worker Mobile Data Usage, 2014-2019

In this report, iGR presents a forecast for the amount of mobile data used by U.S. workers. The forecast estimates both the total amount of worker usage, their in-building usage and, by implication, their “outside of building” usage.

The worker estimate is based on the CBECS estimates for the number of U.S. commercial buildings, the number of workers employed in those buildings and iGR’s own mobile data usage, connections and “time of day” usage forecasts. iGR’s model for worker usage assumes that U.S. workers are more likely to spend certain periods of their work day within buildings. More detailed assumptions underlying iGR’s worker mobile data usage are explained in this report.

The amount of mobile data used by workers and inside buildings has implications for enterprise small cells, outdoor mobile data usage and how operators allocate resources to deal with growing mobile data demand, including network densification.

Note that this forecast does not include any estimates for Wi-Fi usage or residential mobile data use.


Key Questions Answered

  • How many commercial buildings are there in the U.S.?
  • What types of commercial buildings are there in the U.S.?
  • How is commercial building defined?
  • How many U.S. workers are employed in those commercial buildings?
  • How much mobile data do U.S. workers across all commercial building categories use?
  • How much mobile data do these workers use while inside buildings?
  • How does this mobile data usage change over the forecast period?
  • What are small cells?
  • How do small cells fit into operators’ evolving networks?
  • Where are small cells most likely to be located?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Backhaul service providers and equipment OEMs
  • Financial and investment analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Setting the Stage for Small Cells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
    • iGR’s Definitions of Small Cells
    • Small Cell Options: Backhaul & Fronthaul
    • Difference between RRHs and Metrocells
  • Enterprise Small Cells: Awareness, Interest, Pros & Cons
  • Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • U.S. Worker Mobile Data Usage
    • U.S. Workers in Commercial Buildings
    • Total U.S. Mobile Data Usage by Workers in Commercial Buildings
    • In-building U.S. Mobile Data Usage by Workers in Commercial Buildings
  • Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Airspan Networks
    • Airvana
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Argela
    • Cisco
    • Crown Castle
    • Ericsson
    • Fujitsu Network Communications
    • Gemtek
    • Huawei
    • ip.access
    • Juni
    • NEC
    • Nokia Networks
    • Oracle
    • Public Wireless
    • Quortus
    • Ruckus Wireless
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Sercomm
    • SpiderCloud Wireless
    • Taqua
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 2: Awareness of Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Table 3: Interest in Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Table 4: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 5: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 6: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 7: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Table 8: Predominant Roof Material
  • Table 9: Predominant Exterior Wall Material
  • Table 10: Windows and Interior Lighting Features
  • Table 11: Mobile Data Usage per Connection, 2014-2019 (MB/month)
  • Table 12: Mobile Data Usage per Connection, 2014-2019 (MB/month)
  • Table 13: Summary of Worker Mobile Data Usage, 2014-2019
  • Table 14: Number of In-Building U.S. Workers, 2014-2019
  • Table 15: Mobile Data Usage Among U.S. Workers, 2014-2019 (TB/Month)
  • Table 16: Estimated Worker In-Building MBB Usage, 2014-2019 (TB/Month)

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: U.S. Worker Mobile Data Usage, 2014-2019
  • Figure 1: Het-Net Overview
  • Figure 2: Possible Interference Sources in a Loaded Network
  • Figure 3: How Latency Adds Up
  • Figure 4: Small Cell Options: Backhaul & Fronthaul
  • Figure 5: Awareness of Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Figure 6: Interest in Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Figure 7: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 8: Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 9: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Figure 10: Predominant Roof Material
  • Figure 11: Predominant Exterior Wall Material
  • Figure 12: Windows and Interior Lighting Features
  • Figure 13: Summary of Worker Mobile Data Usage, 2014-2019 (TB/Month)
  • Figure 14: Number of In-Building U.S. Workers, 2014-2019
  • Figure 15: Mobile Data Usage Among U.S. Workers, 2014-2019 (TB/Month)
  • Figure 16: Estimated Worker In-Building MBB Usage, 2014-2019 (TB/Month)
  • Figure 17: Cisco Universal Small Cell Solution
  • Figure 18: Oracle Communications Security Gateway
  • Figure 19: SpiderCloud E-RAN System

For additional information on the U.S. Worker Mobile Data Usage, 2014-2019 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.