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Wireless carriers are thus increasing their investments in Heterogeneous Network or HetNet infrastructure such as strategically deployed small cells, carrier WiFi and DAS (Distributed Antenna System) nodes, to cope with increasing capacity and coverage requirements. Adding further to the heterogeneity is the shift towards a C-RAN (Centralized RAN) architecture, which centralizes baseband functionality to be shared across a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility and energy efficiency.
Driven by the thriving ecosystem, we expect small cell, carrier WiFi, C-RAN and DAS networks to account for over 80% of all mobile data traffic by the end of 2020, while overall spending on HetNet infrastructure is expected to reach $40 Billion annually during the same period.
The "HetNet Ecosystem (Small Cells, Carrier WiFi, C-RAN & DAS): 2015 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts" report presents an in-depth assessment of 6 individual submarkets of the HetNet infrastructure opportunity. Besides analyzing key market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, standardization initiatives, future roadmap, value chain, deployment case studies, vendor profiles, and strategic recommendations, the report also presents revenue and unit shipment forecasts for 6 submarkets from 2015 to 2020 at a regional as well as a global scale. Historical figures are also provided for 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from over 300 numeric forecasts presented in the report.
The report covers the following topics:
- Technology and market size assessment for 6 HetNet submarkets: small cells, carrier WiFi, C-RAN, DAS, small cell backhaul and C-RAN fronthaul
- Integration and offloading technology
- Market drivers and key benefits
- Challenges and Inhibitors
- Industry roadmap and value chain
- HetNet deployment models and case studies
- SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service)
- Vertical markets for HetNet deployments
- Standardization and regulatory initiatives
- Market prospects of enterprise RAN and LTE-U deployments
- Public safety and military centric LTE small cells
- SON (Self-Organizing Network) technology for HetNet infrastructure
- Vendor landscape, acquisitions and market share for small cells, carrier WiFi, C-RAN and DAS
- Company profiles and strategies of over 350 ecosystem players including infrastructure vendors and enabling technology providers
- Strategic recommendations for HetNet infrastructure vendors, wireless carriers and macrocell infrastructure vendors
Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation
Market forecasts and historical revenue/unit shipment figures are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:
- Small Cells
- Carrier WiFi
- C-RAN (Centralized RAN)
- DAS (Distributed Antenna System)
- Small Cell Backhaul
- C-RAN Fronthaul
- SON (Self-Organizing Network) Solutions
- SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service)
- Mobile Network Data Service
Small cell forecasts (unit shipments, revenue) are categorized in the following categories:
- LTE FDD
Carrier WiFi forecasts (unit shipments, revenue) are categorized in the following categories:
- Access Points
- Access Point Controllers
- Managed WiFi Offload
- Unmanaged Open Access WiFi
C-RAN forecasts (unit shipments, revenue) are categorized in the following categories:
- RRH (Remote Radio Head)
- C-RAN Architecture Small Cell
- BBU (Baseband Unit)
DAS node forecasts (unit shipments, revenue) are categorized in the following categories:
- Indoor DAS Nodes
- Outdoor DAS Nodes
Small cell backhaul forecasts (revenue) are categorized in the following technology categories:
- DSL Modems and DSLAMs
- Millimeter Wave
C-RAN fronthaul forecasts (revenue) are categorized in the following technology categories:
- Dedicated Fiber
- OTN & PON
- Millimeter Wave
Mobile network data service forecasts (throughput, revenue) are categorized in the following access network technology categories:
- Macrocell & C-RAN Networks
- Small Cells
- Carrier WiFi
Regional forecasts are categorized in the following 6 categories
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Middle East & Africa
- Latin & Central America
Key Questions Answered
The report provides answers to the following key questions:
- How is the HetNet infrastructure market evolving by segment and region? What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
- What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
- Who are the key vendors in the market, what is their market share and what are their strategies?
- How is the HetNet value chain structured and how will it evolve overtime?
- What opportunities does the HetNet ecosystem offer to infrastructure vendors and other players involved in the value chain?
- What strategies should infrastructure vendors and wireless carriers adopt to capitalize on the HetNet opportunity?
- What will be the installed base of small cells and carrier WiFi access points in 2020?
- What is the service revenue for mobile data services delivered over small cells, carrier WiFi, DAS, C-RAN and macrocells, and how will it grow overtime?
- How are investments on DAS technology impacting small cell deployments?
- How will carrier WiFi fit into future mobile network architectures for access and offload?
- What is the C-RAN concept, and how are small cell vendors capitalizing on it?
- What is LTE-U and how will impact unlicensed WiFi spectrum?
- Is there a market for rural small cell deployments?
- Which technology will be predominant in the small cell backhaul ecosystem and is there a market for satellite based small cell backhaul?
- Is Ethernet a feasible solution for C-RAN fronthaul?
- What are the future prospects of millimeter wave technology for backhaul and fronthaul deployments?
- How big is the opportunity for enterprise centric RAN deployments?
- Can small cells help in accelerating LTE deployments for the military, public safety and other verticals?
The report has the following key findings:
- Despite an ongoing decline in traditional macrocell infrastructure spending, small cells, carrier WiFi, C-RAN, DAS, small cell backhaul and C-RAN fronthaul investments will continue to grow over the coming years. By the end of 2020, the market will account for nearly $40 Billion in revenue
- HetNet infrastructure is expected to carry more than 80% of all mobile network data traffic by 2020
- Driven by the promise of higher capacity in unlicensed spectrum, LTE-U small cell shipments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 80% between 2016 and 2020. By the end of 2020, LTE-U investments will account for nearly $2 Billion
- As wireless carriers look to migrate towards scalable centralized baseband architectures, C-RAN investments will grow at a CAGR of 23% between 2015 and 2020. By the end of 2020, C-RAN investments will account for nearly $14 Billion
- Eyeing the momentum behind C-RAN, a number of small cell vendors such as Airvana and SpiderCloud, have aligned their offerings with the C-RAN concept
- At present, the HetNet value chain is highly fragmented with pure-play specialists and incumbent macrocell vendors battling to gain a higher share of the market. SNS Research expects the value chain to consolidate over the coming years following a string of acquisitions by industry giants such as Nokia
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