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Market Trends: Small Cell Infrastructure, Small Cell Deployment Strategies and Real-Time Analytics

Published: 17 April 2014

ID: G00260870

Analyst(s): Constance Wong, Ian Keene, Laura Flowerree


Communications service providers must note the increase in carrier-class Wi-Fi hot spot locations. Similarly, picocell and femtocell deployments accelerate. Real-time analytics and value-added applications with small cells are hot topics. Vendors have developed products for most requirements.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Factors Driving the Small Cell Market
    • Users Consume Bandwidth and Demand Better Coverage
    • Growth in Smart Devices Is Matched by the Data Traffic Generated
    • Small Cells Are a Reality
  • Service Provider Strategies
    • Cellular Operators Face Difficulties Installing Small Cells
  • Technology Trend
    • Technical Options Increase as the Vendor Landscape Expands
  • Monetization of Small Cell Infrastructure
    • Analytics on Small Cell Infrastructure Can Transform an Operating Expense Into a Profit Center
    • RMA Adoption and Budget
    • RMA Stack
    • Vertical Market Interest
    • Vendor Landscape
  • Small Cell Definition

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