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Small Cell is the Buzz but DAS is the Biz, Say Operators in Latest Infonetics Survey

  Small Cell is the Buzz but DAS is the Biz, Say Operators in Latest
  Infonetics Survey

Business Wire

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- November 08, 2012

Technology market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its
just-published Small Cell Coverage Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey,
for  which Infonetics interviewed wireless, incumbent, and competitive
operators around the world about their small cell buildout plans.

ANALYST NOTE

“To the small cell vendors of the world, we know what you want to hear, but
what you need to hear is that the small cell market simply isn’t going to
explode as many are predicting,” cautions Stéphane Téral, principal analyst
for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

“The reality is,” Téral continues, “a majority of operators are still using
distributed antennas (DAS) in their mobile networks for coverage, and despite
all the talk about using small cells to boost capacity in large venues,
operators we interviewed believe DAS will remain a fundamental tool for malls,
airports, stadiums and the like. Yes, small cells are poised to play a major
role in 3G and 4G network expansion, but operators are going to pick the right
tool for their needs, be it coverage, capacity or both; indoor, outdoor or
both; and small cells aren’t always the right solution. The bottom line is,
small cells -- I’m not talking about residential femtocells here -- remain a
tiny market compared to macrocells, and will take time to reach meaningful
penetration.”

SMALL CELL COVERAGE STRATEGIES SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  *73% of the operators Infonetics interviewed have already deployed small
    cells, mainly in homes and enterprises, indicating solid experience with
    femtocells
  *Of those that have deployed small cells, 3/4 have done so using the
    1.5GHz–2.2GHz spectrum, the most common band across all geographic regions
  *80% of respondent operators currently use DAS in their cellular networks
    for coverage optimization
  *Like last year, the top drivers for deploying small cells are optimizing
    in-building coverage and high data usage areas, and non-expandability of
    the macro network
  *Survey respondents rate interference with the macro network as the #1
    barrier to deploying small cells, although falling 14 percentage points
    from last year’s survey
  *The highest-rated feature for public access small cells among operators
    interviewed is self-organizing network (SON) capabilities

SMALL CELL SURVEY SYNOPSIS

For its 27-page small cell coverage strategies survey, Infonetics interviewed
independent wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators from Europe, North
America, Asia and Latin America about their small cell buildout plans. The
study provides insights into small cell deployment plans and drivers,
technical challenges, implementation barriers, deployment locations, spectrum
ranges, and DAS usage. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics:
http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED RESEARCH

  *Latest Infonetics Mobile, Wireless and Small Cells research brief:
    http://bit.ly/SNASZZ
  *3G and 4G self-organizing network (SON) software market set to double in
    2013
  *Femtocells offer opportunity to put the mobile network at the heart of the
    home network
  *Small cell market not big enough for all who want to play in it
  *Femtocell market spikes 12% in Q2; Alcatel-Lucent nabs W-CDMA femto lead
  *Carrier WiFi equipment market exploding to $2.1 billion by 2016
  *Mobile operators ramp WiFi deployments for data offload, seek to integrate
    WiFi

RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH

Download Infonetics’ research brochure, publication calendar, report
highlights, tables of contents, prospectuses and more at
http://www.infonetics.com/login.

  *2G, 3G, 4G (LTE) Services & Subscribers Voice, SMS/MMS & Broadband
    Forecast
  *3G & 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices & Subscribers Forecast
  *2G, 3G, 4G (LTE & WiMAX) Infrastructure & Subscribers Forecast
  *Femtocell Equipment Forecast
  *Fundamental Telecom/Datacom Market Drivers
  *Service Provider Outsourcing to Vendors
  *Service Provider Capex, Revenue & Capex by Equipment Type
  *SON & Optimization Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Telecommunications Equipment Vendor Leadership Scorecard

TO BUY REPORTS AND SURVEYS, CONTACT SALES:

N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1
408-583-3335

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1
408-583-3395

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44
755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

ABOUT INFONETICS

Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research
and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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Contact:

Infonetics Research
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
stephane@infonetics.com
 
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