Mobile Experts' Latest Small Cell Market Forecast Predicts Carrier-Grade Small Cells Will Outnumber Consumer Femtocells in 2016

Mobile Experts' Latest Small Cell Market Forecast Predicts Carrier-Grade Small
               Cells Will Outnumber Consumer Femtocells in 2016

You Might Be Surprised by Our (Accurate) Forecast

PR Newswire

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 27, 2013

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mobile Experts has released a
new Small Cell Market Forecast, predicting more than 5 million metrocells
shipped in 2017.

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Based on weak shipment data during 2012, Mobile Experts predicts slow growth
for residential femtocells, at only 12% per year. Faster growth will come from
capacity upgrades, as mobile operators are pushing hard for high-capacity
small cells. The new Mobile Experts forecast predicts that, taken together,
outdoor metrocells and indoor capacity nodes will overtake residential
femtocell shipments in the 2016 time frame. 

"The Asia-Pacific market has led the way in small cells, with more than
100,000 public small cells already deployed in Korea and Japan," explained Joe
Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. "The Asian market is stretching
the femtocell into areas where the small cells are handling capacity
effectively for operators like KT, SKT, and NTT DoCoMo.Many other operators
around the world will follow this example, as the LTE macro roll-out is
completed and capacity tightens up in North America, China, Latin America,
Europe, and the Middle East. The bottom line is that small cells are 65% less
expensive than macro base stations, for adding mobile capacity."

This forecast identifies eight different types of small cells, by architecture
and by power level. In this year's analysis, Mobile Experts included low-power
Remote Radio Head units, multi-band small cells, and Carrier Aggregation into
the forecast, with 33 band combinations identified for inter-band CA. The
report breaks down small cell shipments by frequency band and identified 38
frequency bands for small cell deployment.

Joe Madden explained the data sources behind the forecast: "Our Advisory Panel
of operators and suppliers has been very helpful in guiding us to an accurate
forecast for the past four years. More than 50 companies have helped us to
compile a huge database of information, tracking individual operators by
frequency band, power level, and architecture. By tracking the details, our
2009 forecast has come in within 6% of actual shipment figures, while
competing analysts missed by 90% to 300%."

"Every spring, we compile information about the HetNet architecture and all
different kinds of radio solutions: Femtocells, Picocells, Microcells,
Metrocells, DAS systems, repeaters, and macro base stations. This study
presents our expected evolution for the HetNet, and will serve as the
foundation for ongoing research into Carrier Wi-Fi, Backhaul for Small Cells,
and Semiconductors for Small Cells."

About Mobile Experts LLC:

Mobile Experts provides insightful market analysis for the mobile
infrastructure and mobile handset markets. Research topics center on
technology introduction for radio frequency (RF) and communications
innovation. Recent publications focus on Macro Base Station Transceiver
Forecast, Semiconductors in Remote Radio Heads (RRH), Semiconductors for Small
Cells, Backhaul for Small Cells, DAS, and Handset RF Frontends. A study on
Carrier Wi-Fi will be published in a few weeks.


Rachel Lorraine
Mobile Experts LLC
+1 (408) 540-7284

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