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Market Trends: Small Cell Infrastructure, Femtocell, Picocell and Carrier Wi-Fi Hot Spot Deployment Plans Start to Solidify

Published: 19 March 2015

ID: G00272164

Analyst(s): Ian Keene


The market for small cells is developing at a rapid pace. CSPs are rolling out small cells in a variety of environments and their CTOs need to take note of the latest trends.

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Market Trend

  • Small Cell Deployments Continue to Grow
    • Users Eat Up Bandwidth While Demanding Better Coverage
    • Enterprise Opportunities Solidify
    • Femtocell Market Swings
    • The Outdoor Picocell Market Is Due to Accelerate
    • Interest in Rural/Remote Small Cell Deployments Emerges
    • Carrier Wi-Fi Continues to Grow in Popularity
    • Summary of Small Cell Deployment Locations
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Partnerships Are Key to Building Small Cell Opportunities
  • Monetization of Small Cell Infrastructure Through Value-Added Services
    • Real-Time Analytics, Outsourced IP PBX, Security and Safety Services
  • Regional Trend
    • Countries With a Developed Infrastructure Take the Lead in Small Cells
  • Technology Trend
    • Next-Generation Products Are Better Suited to Market Demand

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