Increasing data demands and a steep rise in total cost of ownership have forced vendors to innovate and implement solutions that can address the needs of different operators in different markets; hence, small cells and carrier Wi-Fi solutions are gaining momentum. Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert), according to ABI Research, is well placed in this market - right at the top, in the overall vendor matrix evaluation.
In innovation, Alcatel emerged first with Huawei and Cisco at second and third positions respectively, and in Implementation, at the top was Alcatel-Lucent, followed by Huawei, and Ericsson (News - Alert) for their higher deployment numbers. It’s easy to see why Alcatel-Lucent retained first spot.
With network topologies changing, giving rise to heterogeneous networks and the indoor enterprise market gaining ground, much of the broadband traffic is generated indoors. To deliver an enhanced indoor broadband experience, in-building solutions like small cells and Carrier Wi-Fi are needed.
“The small cells market is very competitive now with the increasing demand for LTE (News - Alert), Carrier Wi-Fi, and enterprise femtocells,” said Ahmed Ali, research analyst at ABI
This is something that Alcatel-Lucent has realized and cashed in- early on.
Alcatel-Lucent continues to drive the evolution of small cells, and its lightRadio technology plays a significant role helping operators realize the benefit of small cells, specifically the interworking of metro and macro cells.
Once regarded as temporary solutions, small cells and carrier Wi-Fi are now considered an essential part of next-generation heterogeneous networks, which harmonize different access technologies and network topologies. Small cells are increasingly being deployed indoors to give subscribers the LTE coverage and capacity they need in dense metropolitan areas.
Also, Alcatel-Lucent has managed to secure the largest number of publicized small cells contracts with top tier-1 operators, and is well positioned to cater to the competitive small cell market, which is being triggered by increasing demand for LTE, Carrier Wi-Fi and enterprise small cells.
“Vendors need to start pushing the envelope in order to differentiate themselves and consider other major areas for growth such as value added services and small cells wireless backhaul,” added Ali.
Alcatel-lucent is ready for a future that will have small cells simultaneously delivering 3G, 4G, and unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum, which Ahmed Ali, research analyst at ABI, believes will be one of the most anticipated products.
Edited by Peter Bernstein