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ABI sees picocell boom in 2013

Posted: 02 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:picocell? femtocell? antenna?

Picocells have not enjoyed rapid or massive adoption so far but #LINKKEYWORD1# estimates that in 2013, there will have been cumulative deployments of about 366,000 picocell worldwide. While not a huge number in itself, which represents a 38 percent CAGR over the years from 2008.

"The key to greater market acceptance for picocells lies in their increasing similarity to femtocells in terms of their setup and cost," said senior analyst Aditya Kaul. "However, unlike femtocells which are largely consumer-focused, next-generation picocells will continue to be targeted at the enterprise market, offering rugged, carrier-grade feature sets. There is also an understanding that many of these new picocells will still require a truck roll for deployment, although offering a lower cost device than the traditional picocell."

The most suitable market is comprised of establishments with between 20 and 100 employees. "Large buildings and corporate campuses tend to deploy distributed antenna systems," said Kaul. "Operators haven't really succeeded yet in delivering a cost-efficient system for small-medium offices. Within the 20 to 100 employee market our research identified, the 20 to 49 employee group will see competition between picocells and domestic femtocells deployed in grids. The sweet spot for picocells is in the 50 to 100 employee segment. One good example is satellite offices of larger corporations that have a corporate account covering multiple branches: they could use next-generation picocells in a cost-effective way."

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