Strategies for Small Cell Network Deployments for 4G and Beyond

Strategies for Small Cell Network Deployments for 4G and Beyond

Current smart phone usage trends indicate that there will be a huge increase in global mobile user traffic. In the next five years alone, the mobile user traffic is expected to reach 11.2 Exabyte per month. Small Cells and Small Cell Networks are expected to play a pivotal role in addressing the capacity needs for such a traffic surge in the mobile networks.

Small Cells and Carrier WiFi are important factors for the success of an LTE deployment and public areas will be the key drivers for the small-cell market. Small cells are typically used to provide in-building and outdoor wireless coverage and capacity. Estimates suggest that with small cells, mobile operators can offload almost 80% of traffic during peak times.

The name “small” should not fool anyone, as the planning stage of Small Cell deployment can often take almost as long as macro cell planning. The choice of Small Cell technology is driven by many factors including type of solution (consumer, enterprise, public area, rural area), usage patterns, and more. There are many other considerations after deployment as well including proper timing for implementation of optimization technologies such as Self-organizing Network (SON) solutions.

This report provides a fundamental technical understanding of the Small Cell operation as well as the business drivers for deployment from a mobile network operator’s perspective. The report evaluates the current state of the industry Small Cell deployment in 3G and LTE and presents a vision for anticipated future of Small Cells beyond 4G. This is the only report of its type that provides specific and critical insights and information needed for Small Cell design and strategic planning.

Report Benefits:

  • Market forecast for carrier WiFi and Small Cells 2013 - 2018
  • Understand market status and identify anticipated future trends
  • Understand technical aspects of Small Cell deployment strategies
  • Understand operational issues associated with deploying and operating Small Cells
  • Identify early research work being performed by vendors for potential 5G technologies
  • Understand the role and importance of optimization technologies including Self-organizing Network (SON)
  • Identify specific vendor products, solutions and product features to support a successful Small Cell deployment
Target Audience:
  • Mobile network operators
  • Wireless device manufacturers
  • Network integration companies
  • Wireless infrastructure providers
  • Managed telecommunication service providers
  • Cloud-based hosting and virtualization providers
  • Anyone who needs to understand the future of wireless networks
Companies in Report:
  • Actix
  • AirHop
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Arieso
  • AT&T
  • Boingo
  • Cambridge Broadband Network
  • Cisco
  • Ericsson
  • Green Packet
  • InfoVista
  • Intucell
  • NSN
  • NTT Docomo
  • Qualcomm
  • Reverb Networks
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • Samsung

General Methodology

Mind Commerce Publishing's research methodology encompasses input from a wide variety of sources.

We rely heavily upon our Subject Matter Experts (SME) in terms of their market knowledge, unique perspective, and vision. We utilize SME industry contacts as well as previous customers and participants in our market surveys and interactive interviews.

In addition, we rely upon our extensive internal database, which contains modeling, qualitative analysis, and quantitative data. We review secondary sources and compare to our primary sources to update previous findings (for prior version reports) and/or compile baseline information for technology and market modeling.

We share preliminary models with industry contacts (select previous clients, experts, and thought leaders) to verify the veracity of initial modeling. Prior to final report production (analysis, findings, and conclusions), we engage in an internal review with internal SMEs as well as cross-expertise, senior staff members to challenge results.

We believe that forecasts should be prepared as part of an integrated process which involves both quantitative as well as qualitative factors. We follow the following 3-step process for forecasting.

Forecasting Methodology

Step 1 - Forecasts Input: The inputs for the present and historical revenues are derived from industry players. Financial and other quantitative data for individual sub-market categories are derived from original research and tested with interviews with major industry constituents.

Step 2 - Forecasting of Future Years: Mind Commerce extends forecasts based on a variety of factors including demand drivers as well as supply side data. Key success factors and assumptions are considered.

Step 3 - Validation of Data: The final step is to validate projections, which is accomplished in consultation with both internal and external industry experts, including both topic and regional experts. Adjustments are made to the forecasts based on factors identified throughout this process.

1.0 Executive Summary
2.0 Introduction
3.0 Technology Overview
4.0 Business Case
5.0 Vendor Solutions
5.1 Alcatel-lucent
5.2 Cisco
5.3 Ericsson
5.4 Nokia Solutions & Networks
5.5 Ruckus Wireless
6.0 Small Cells Current Market Status & Future Trends
7.0 Strategies & Business Model For Small Cell Deployments
7.1 Network Planning & Dimensioning
7.2 Small Cell Ap Type
7.3 Auto Configuration & Son
7.4 Interference Management
7.5 Seamless Mobility
7.6 Authentication & Security
7.7 Backhaul Solution
7.8 Upgradability
7.9 Target Site Selection
7.10 Requirements Specification & Procurement
7.11 Capex, Opex, & Tco
7.12 Revenue Generation And Roi
8.0 Global Small Cell Forecasts
8.1 Global Small Cell Unit Shipments (Overall)
8.2 Global Small Cell Revenue
8.3 Global Small Cell Unit Shipments (By Type)
8.4 Global Small Cell Revenue (By Type)
8.5 Global Small Cell Unit Shipments (3g Vs. 4g)
9.0 Conclusions And Recommendations
10.0 Abbreviations
11.0 Bibliography
List of Graphs
Figure 1: Cisco SP Wi-Fi Small Cell Solution Architecture
Figure 2: Cisco Licensed Small Solution Architecture
Figure 3: Mobile Market Trends
Figure 4: Femtocell Appeal for Households versus Wi-Fi
Figure 5: Small Cell Unit Shipments: 2013 - 2018
Figure 6: Small Cell Revenues: 2013 - 2018
Figure 7: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Cell Type: 2013 - 2018
Figure 8: Small Cell Revenues by Cell Type: 2013 - 2018
Figure 9: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Technology: 2013 - 2018
List of Tables
Table 1: Small Cell Categories and Market Segments
Table 2: Strategy Focus Areas for Technical Aspects
Table 3: List of Fundamental SON Capabilities
Table 4: Strategic Requirements and Business Drivers for SON
Table 5: Types of SON Architectures
Table 6: SON Vendors, Products, and Solutions
Table 7: Different Types of Small Cell Interference
Table 8: Interference Management Capabilities for Small Cells
Table 9: Small Cell Mobility Feature Requirements
Table 10: Solutions to Consider for Seamless Mobility Support in Small Cells
Table 11: Vendor Solutions for Seamless Mobility
Table 12: Authentication and Security Requirement for Small Cells
Table 13: Security Solutions for Small Cell Networks
Table 14: Backhaul Feature Requirements
Table 15: Backhaul Solution Requirements and Options for Small Cell (34)
Table 16: Strategy Focus Areas for Business Aspects
Table 17: Strategy Steps for Selection of Target Site Location
Table 18: Key Areas of Focus for Requirements Specification and Procurement Plan
Table 19: Strategies for Revenue Generation and Positive ROI for Small Cells
Table 20: VAS Solution Options for Small Cells

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