ReportsnReports.com published the results of a global survey of the Wi-Fi enabled small cell market. It was found that this market will grow at a CAGR of 185 percent considering the period between 2013 and 2018. The growth of the global Wi-Fi-enabled small cell market depends on the growing and continuous demand for better network coverage.
All non-macrocell solutions in a telecom network are designed to enhance coverage and capacity. The solutions include small cells, Wi-Fi, DAS, and the emerging CRAN. CRAN is a new architecture which concentrates the processing of the RAN of a mobile network in one or more centralized network nodes thereby leading to the heterogeneity of global telecom networks.
With growing popularity of Wi-Fi and small cells the demand for anytime, anywhere communication will also grow. Smartphones will become major data supported devices. By 2016 it is expected that smartphones will cater to about 67 percent of mobile data traffic.
With technological advancements, networks are also being augmented to provide the necessary capacity. The coverage of the macrocell is enhanced via a distributed antenna system and CRAN. More investments will be made during the forecast period for the adoption of small cells, Wi-Fi, DAS, and CRAN infrastructures, according to the report.
The market will be affected by the interference among small cells, macrocells, and Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi networks have the advantage of working in an unlicensed spectrum which is actually cost effective for operators. Since unlicensed spectrum is used by operators and users, both macrocell and small cell networks will share the same frequency bands for signal transmission.
This may lead to interference and unwanted noise in the telecom network, which will in turn affect quality of service and user experience. This factor discourages telecom operators from adopting Wi-Fi-enabled small cell networks.
The report reveals that in order to sustain in a competitive business environment, telecom operators will try to offer better network accessibility to mobile subscribers. This can be achieved using small cells and Wi-Fi solutions so that operators can ensure optimum coverage to high-end consumers while at the same time controlling costs.
A recent research study conducted by ReportsnReports reveals that the LTE market is set to grow at a CAGR of 56 percent over the next 7 years and will eventually represent more than 20 percent of all mobile connections by 2020. With over 250 commercial network launches and over a thousand LTE (News - Alert)- enabled devices available in the market as of December 2013, LTE adoption has considerably gained momentum throughout the globe. Unique market and operator requirements have driven several early LTE launches. Driven by these early launches, global LTE subscriptions reached nearly 130 Million in Q4’2013.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker