Small cells are generally less powered nodes which work on radio access and operate in unlicensed and licensed spectrum and have a range of 10 meters to 2 kilometers. They are relatively small as compared to a mobile macrocell which may have a wide range of a minimum of tens of kilometers. Due to mobile operators managing to support the use of mobile traffic related data, various others are employing the use of mobile data as a more effective use of radio spectrum. Small cells are considered as a key element to 3G data offloading but many other mobile network operators observe small cells as crucial technology to manage LTE advanced spectrum relatively more effectively as compared to the use of macrocells. Small cells include picocells, femtocells and microcells. Small cell networks can be utilized by means of distributed radio technology employing remote radio heads and centralized base band units.
Different telecommunication policies undergo key upgradation, especially in developing as well as developed regions. Various developed economies have started the implementation of advanced communication technologies, which in turn, has enhanced the overall communication standards in the developed fields. Increasing adoption of advanced technology, especially for several communication functions by different type of end users and organizations across the globe has resulted in a rapid rise in mobile data traffic. Hence, the use of small cells and other wireless network technologies by various service providers is anticipated to enhance the data traffic and voice quality in the concerned network. Mobile technologies have created a bright and positive impact. The rapid increase in mobile data traffic due to rapid adoption of tablets and smart phones has forced the telecom operators to furnish superior quality network to their customers. Such type of dependence on the employment of mobile data has efficiently driven the deployment of small cells in order to reduce the limitations and loopholes in the available data spectrum. Small cells can be easily installed outdoors and indoors and demand minimum infrastructure, thus reducing the overall capital expenditure and enhancing revenues for mobile service providers.
The global small cells market can be segmented on the basis of small cell type, services, operating environment, end-users, verticals and geography. On the basis of small cell type, the global small cells market can be segmented into femtocell, picocell, microcell and metrocell. On the basis of services, the global small cells market can be segmented into professional services, installation and integration services, network planning and design services and maintenance and support services. On the basis of operating environment, the global small cells market can be segmented into indoor operating environment and outdoor operating environment. On the basis of end user, the global small cells market can be segmented into consumers and single office/home office, small and medium business and large enterprises. On the basis of verticals, the global small cells market can be segmented into government, retail, education, energy and power, banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare, hospitality and others. On the basis of geography, the global small cells market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Asia-Pacific.
Major players operating in the global smart cells market are focusing on some key market strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to keep hold in the ever competitive market. Moreover, they are concentrating on collaborating with local players to increase their market reach as well as strengthen their goodwill in the global market. Some of the major players in the global smart cells market include Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Networks, Huawei, ip.access Limited and ZTE among others.
Market by Small Cell Type
Market by Services
· Professional services
· Installation and integration services
· Network planning and design services
· Maintenance and support services
Market by Operating Environment
· Indoor operating environment
· Outdoor operating environment
Market by End-user
· Consumers and single office/home office
· Small and medium business
· Large enterprises
Market by Industry Vertical
· Energy and power
· Banking, financial services and insurance
Market by Geography
· North America
o Rest of Europe
o Rest of Asia-Pacific
· Latin America
o Rest of Latin America
· Middle East and Africa (MEA)
o South Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Rest of MEA