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Market Trends: Cellular Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi Coverage Expands While 5G and Shared License CBRS Are Waiting to Meet Market Demand

Published: 07 June 2017

ID: G00322625

Analyst(s): Ian Keene


The market for small cells continues to expand and shared license access will reveal further opportunities. Communications service providers and their technology business unit leaders need to take note of the latest trends.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Main Market Changes Over the Past Year
  • Impacts Going Forward
  • Issues to Be Addressed
  • Market Size and Growth Trends
    • Users Demand More Bandwidth and Better Coverage
    • Position the Network Where the Users Are
    • CBRS Exposes More Opportunities
    • 5G Small Cells Planned From 2018 Onwards
    • Outdoor Picocells
    • Indoor Picocells — Enterprise Opportunities, Is There a Future for Private LTE Networks?
    • Carrier Wi-Fi Will Remain an Important Part of CSP Infrastructure
    • Femtocell Market
    • Rural/Remote Small Cell Deployments
    • Summary of Small Cell Deployment Locations
  • Technology Trend
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Partnerships Are Key to Building Small Cell Opportunities
  • Monetization of Small Cell Infrastructure Through Value-Added Services

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