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Market Trends: Picocell, Carrier Wi-Fi Hot Spot and Femtocell Market Lead Small Cell Market Growth

Published: 23 March 2016

ID: G00297338

Analyst(s): Ian Keene


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

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Main Market Changes During 2015
  • Impacts Going Forward
  • Issues to Be Addressed
  • Relevant Forecast Assumptions
  • Small Cell Deployments Continue to Grow
    • Users Consume Bandwidth While Demanding Better Coverage
    • Position the Network Where the Users Are
    • Outdoor Picocells Ease Congested Areas
    • Carrier Wi-Fi Will Remain an Important Part of CSP Infrastructure
    • Enterprise Opportunities
    • Femtocell Market Swings
    • Rural/Remote Small Cell Deployments
    • Summary of Small Cell Deployment Locations
  • Regional Trend
    • Countries With a Developed Infrastructure Take the Lead in Small Cells
  • Technology Trend
    • Next-Generation Products Are Better-Suited to Market Demand
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Partnerships Are Key to Building Small Cell Opportunities
  • Monetization of Small Cell Infrastructure Through Value-Added Services

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