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Market ready to make 500,000 outdoor small cells in 2013

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi Market Data? outdoor small cells? microcell shipments? LTE services?

In its latest report for outdoor small cells and carrier Wi-Fi Market Data, market research firm ABI research has forecasted that outdoor small cells will reach 500,000 units in 2013.

Nick Marshall, a principal analyst at ABI Research, stated that outdoor small cell unit growth dropped slightly as 2012 actual shipments reached 278,000, which was down from the previously forecast number. The company expects meaningful growth to resume within the 2013-2014 timeframe as the first street level small cells get deployed.

Marshall also added that they forecast that the 1W and below small cell class, ideal for street level deployment, will exhibit the highest growth, represent almost one third of unit shipments in 2013, and continue to grow to overtake the higher power 5-10W microcell shipments during 2014,"

Outdoor small cell units will grow at 52.7 percent CAGR to reach over 3.5 million units by 2018. The fastest growing outdoor class of small cells is 4G LTE small cells which will grow to reach almost 1 million unit shipments in 2018 as operators begin to differentiate their LTE services by adding capacity in key strategic locations.

Aditya Kaul, practice director, mobile networks comments, "The challenges of small cell backhaul, site acquisition, network management, interference mitigation remain, but there is a whole new ecosystem of small cell network design, small cell as a service, installation and commissioning vendors that have emerged in the last 12 months, who are working closely with the local councils, equipment vendors and operators."

Kaul adds, "The level of discussions and debates around the deployment of outdoor small cells suggests that there is a lot of collective brainpower working hard at getting these deployed cost effectively and swiftly, which gives us confidence that the market is moving in the right direction."

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