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Market Trends: Small Cells Are Now an Integral Part of Communications Networks

Published: 06 July 2018

ID: G00354480

Analyst(s): Ian Keene

Summary

Small cells continue to develop and are a strategic initiative for communications service providers of all types. The market expands in terms of both shipments and geographical activity. Technology business unit leaders at CSPs need to take note of the latest trends.

Table Of Contents

Introduction

  • Small Cells Become an Established Extension to 4G Macro Cell Networks
  • Main Market Changes Over the Past Year
  • Impacts Going Forward
  • Issues to Be Addressed

Market Trend

  • Market Size and Growth Trends
    • Users Demand More Bandwidth and Better Coverage
    • 5G Small Cells Planned From 2018 Onwards
    • Carrier Wi-Fi Will Remain an Important Part of CSP Infrastructure
    • Rural/Remote Small Cell Deployments
    • Summary of Small Cell Deployment Locations
  • Technology Trend
  • Regional Trend

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