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Heterogeneous Networks and Small Cells Will Create New Opportunities and Threats for Semiconductor Vendors

Published: 12 August 2013

ID: G00246245

Analyst(s): Mark Hung


While HetNets and small cells provide a "greenfield" opportunity for semiconductor vendors, the market will take time to grow and favor mobile and wireless chipset companies with both cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The small-cell market takeoff will be slower than expected for semiconductor vendors because of carrier investment priorities
  • The emergence of small cells will benefit the ASSP vendors
  • Integration of carrier Wi-Fi equipment in HetNet architecture will benefit incumbent Wi-Fi semiconductor vendors

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