Small Cell Market to Continue Gaining Momentum, According to Dell'Oro Group

Small Cell Backhaul Revenues to Eclipse a Half-Billion Dollars by 2017

Aug 06, 2013, 09:57 ET from Dell'Oro Group

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a newly published forecast report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, even as the macro network is expected to continue evolving, licensed and unlicensed small cells will play a fundamental role complementing the macro network and helping service providers deliver a high quality mobile broadband performance experience.


"The industry has come a long way since the first smartphones entered the market, however, we are still just in the beginning phase of realizing the potential of innovative business models and applications coupled with a high performance mobile broadband network," said Stefan Pongratz, analyst with the Dell'Oro Group.  "While the macro network and unlicensed small cells have been for the most part sufficient to cope with current usage models, the commitment levels are high for improving spectrum utilization in the licensed spectrum. It is no longer a question of whether licensed small cells will play a role – the question is more how and when," continued Pongratz.

This report provides a five-year unit and revenue forecast for the following segments: Small Cell – RAN (WCDMA/LTE), Small Cell – Backhaul (LOS/NLOS microwave and fiber/copper), and Small Cell – SP WiFi (enterprise-class devices and outdoor mesh nodes that ship to service providers).

The report reveals:

  • NLOS and LOS microwave to account for more than 60 percent of all external backhaul deployments by 2017.
  • Installed base of unlicensed small cells to account for nearly 90 percent of total small cell installed base by 2017.
  • Licensed evolved (metro) small cells to account for two percent of total RAN revenues by 2015.

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