Small Cells Expected to Carve a Niche in Public Venues, Worth $3.1 Billion by 2018, Says ABI Research

  Small Cells Expected to Carve a Niche in Public Venues, Worth $3.1 Billion
  by 2018, Says ABI Research

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AUSTIN, Texas -- December 19, 2012

Public venue small cells are an emerging class of small cell equipment, which
are expected to grow at a CAGR of 67% to $3.1 billion in 2018. The public
venue small cell category is a subset of the existing enterprise small cell
segment, and will represent 50% of the segment by 2018.

“With the rapid growth in mobile traffic and data demand shifting to low
mobility locations—the majority of them indoors—mobile operators are closing
the gap between capacity and demand with solutions ranging from the
traditional active and passive distributed antenna systems (DAS) to Carrier
Wi-Fi, and this emerging category of public venue small cells,” according to
Nick Marshall, principal analyst, mobile networks.

Deploying, installing, and operating small cells in public venues involves
different considerations than street-level small cell deployments. Backhaul,
power supply, and increased scale, with dozens or even hundreds of small cells
in a densely packed network need to be handled. Also, unlike street-level
deployments, public venue small cells face different interference challenges,
dealing with higher interference between the small cells, rather than the
surrounding macro.

“Public venue small cells deployed by mobile network operators offer access
directly where it is needed at a lower cost than macrocells or DAS systems and
will improve the QoS at a lower TCO than other methods of extending open
access to public areas,” adds Marshall.

There are a range of vendors playing in this market from existing femtocell
vendors like Ubiquisys, Alcatel-Lucent, or ip.access offering specialized
public venue small cells, through to purpose built systems from SpiderCloud,
or even “amenity based” curated Wi-Fi networks from Devicescape.

Part of ABI Research’s Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi
and Enterprise and Consumer Femtocells
Research Services, these findings are from a report, “The Rise of Public Venue
Small Cells” which profiles this market, examines deployment challenges and
profiles vendors’ approaches to small cell network design.

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