Mind Commerce, a leading provider of research, consulting, and subscription services for the telecommunications (fixed and wireless) and ICT areas, recently released a report entitled
'Carrier WiFi and Small Cells in LTE and Beyond: Market Opportunities and Forecasts 2013-2018' covering the WiFi and Small Cells in terms of their market growth, deployments, technology, carrier and vendor strategies and industry chain analysis, apart from a host of other interesting topics. Mind Commerce points out to how the Small Cells and WiFi deployment provide service providers the option to expand their network coverage without huge expansion investments and the complexities involved in expanding the macro cells.
According to Mind commerce, the Carrier WiFi and small cells infrastructure market is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 40% over the next five years eventually accounting for nearly USD 11 Billion in revenues by the end of 2018. Other key findings in this research include:
- The continued demand for mobile broadband services will play a critical role in maintaining the Carrier WiFi and small cell market’s growth, amid a growing demand of convergent, intelligent and vendor agnostic small cell platforms by Carriers
- Fixed line carriers are capitalizing on their infrastructure investments to offer Small Cells as a Service (SCaaS). Mind Commerce expects Fixed line carriers to form an integral part of the industry’s value chain representing as much as 20% of the revenue share
- Cloud RAN technology will complement not and not essentially compete with small cell deployments.