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Small Cells Market Returns to Growth after Lackluster 2011 and 2012, Says ABI Research

  Small Cells Market Returns to Growth after Lackluster 2011 and 2012, Says
  ABI Research

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AUSTIN, Texas -- July 12, 2013

ABI Research’s latest forecasts for Indoor Small Cells, which are also
referred to as Enterprise and Consumer Femtocells, predicts a return to growth
after lackluster 2011 and 2012 with an increase in unit volumes in 2013 and
2014 and year-on-year growth outpacing our last forecasts. This growth will
come thanks to operators like AT&T, Vodafone, Telefonica, Softbank, and Sprint
all being at the forefront of driving shipments in both enterprise and
residential settings.

In ABI Research’s latest forecast, overall Enterprise and Consumer Femtocell
shipments will reach 5.7 million units in 2014 compared to 3.8 million units
in 2013. While 3G indoor small cells will continue to represent the vast
majority of shipments it is LTE indoor small cells which are expected to ramp
up significantly starting in 2013.

This picture is repeated in our forecasts for outdoor small cells with
year-on-year unit growth of 125% predicted for 2014 for a value of almost $3.6
billion, with LTE outdoor small cells exhibiting strong growth in the same
time period as demonstrated by the recent announcements from AT&T, Sprint,
Verizon, and China Mobile which are all among the MNOs driving this market.

Not to be outdone, carrier or service provider Wi-Fi is also emerging as an
effective “carrier-grade” small-cell solution for decongestion of mobile
networks and we expect the initiatives from the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wireless
Broadband Alliance, Small Cell Forum, GSMA, and 3GPP to continue to ease the
deployment of carrier Wi-Fi for MNOs and MSOs alike. ABI Research predicts
that the number of carrier Wi-Fi access points shipped in 2014 will be three
times the number which was shipped in 2012.

“The recent Small Cell World Summit in London also offered some positive signs
that the market is growing with attendance up by 50% including 230 operator
delegates from 110 companies and with Cisco’s recent acquisition of Ubiquisys
there is some real momentum building now,” says Nick Marshall principal
analyst at ABI Research.

“Another strong indicator of the emergence of a meaningful and growing indoor
small cells market was the almost simultaneous announcements by both Qualcomm
and Texas Instruments of latest generation baseband SoC’s for small cells. We
summarized these announcements in our Insight ‘Texas Instruments and Qualcomm
Announce Small Cell SoCs’,” continues Marshall.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Enterprise and Consumer Femtocells
(http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/enterprise-and-consumer-femtocells/)
and Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi
(http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/small-cells-and-carrier-wi-fi/)
Research Services.

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends
in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North
America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises
thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and advisory services. Est.
1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.

Contact:

ABI Research
Christine Gallen, 516-624-2542
pr@abiresearch.com
 
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