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The HetNet Bible (Small Cells, Carrier WiFi, DAS & C-RAN): 2014 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, & Forecasts
This report contains strategic profiles for over 300 companies in the wireless ecosystem, and is expected to sell more than any other report that we've ever produced.
SNS Research's latest report indicates that spending on mobile fronthaul infrastructure for C-RAN and small cell networks is expected to reach nearly $3 Billion by 2020.
Given the high costs of direct fiber connectivity used for the very first C-RAN (Cloud Radio Access Network) deployments, fronthaul is widely seen as the biggest challenge towards the adoption of C-RAN.
However, an increasing number of deployment are now considering cost-effective alternative options for fronthaul such as WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing), OTN (Optical Transmission Network) and even microwave. Besides easing the deployment of C-RAN, the emergence of cost effective fronthaul solutions has also opened other avenues, such as moving radio traffic from additional low power small cells within a macrocell, to improve coverage and increase the overall cell capacity.
SNS Research estimates infrastructure spending on mobile fronthaul solutions will grow at a CAGR of nearly 40%, between 2014 and 2020. By the end of 2020, mobile fronthaul investments will account for $2.6 Billion in revenue.
The “HetNet Bible (Small Cells, Carrier WiFi, DAS & C-RAN): 2014 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the global small cells, carrier WiFi, DAS and C-RAN markets. In addition to covering the technology, business case, the challenges, standardization initiatives, the industry’s roadmap, value chain analysis, deployment case studies, vendor service/product strategies and strategic recommendations, the report also presents comprehensive forecasts for the market from 2014 till 2020, including individual revenue and shipment projections of small cells, carrier WiFi, small cell backhaul, SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service), DAS, C-RAN, SON (Self-Organizing Network) and mobile data services across six geographical regions.
The report will be of value to current and future potential investors into the wireless sector, as well as wireless carriers, wireless network infrastructure/device providers and enabling technology providers who wish to broaden their knowledge of the ecosystem.
The report has the following key findings:
•Small cells, carrier WiFi, DAS and C-RAN infrastructure investments will account for a $20 Billion HetNet ecosystem by 2020
•HetNet infrastructure is expected to carry more than 70% of all mobile network data traffic by 2020, which will account for $380 Billion in mobile data service revenue
•At present, the HetNet value chain is highly fragmented with pure-play specialists and incumbent macrocell vendors battling to gain a higher share of the market
•SNS Research expects the value chain to consolidate over the coming years following a string of acquisitions by industry giants such as Intel, Ericsson, Cisco and Nokia
•Eyeing the momentum behind small cell and C-RAN deployments, several DAS vendors, such as BTI Wireless and Kathrein-Werke KG, have developed small cell and C-RAN offerings
•Small cell vendors such as Airvana are also adopting C-RAN centric architectures
•Enterprise RAN investments based on combination of small cells and coordination platforms are expected to reach $5 Billion by the end of 2020
•While it is a preferred opinion among wireless carriers, aggregating outdoor small cell backhaul with macrocell infrastructure may prove to be a well challenging task. Consequently the demand for small cell backhauling has opened a new opportunity for investment, which will be a market worth nearly $6 Billion by 2020
•Spending on mobile fronthaul solutions will grow at a CAGR of nearly 40% between 2014 and 2020. By the end of 2020, mobile fronthaul investments will account for nearly $2.6 Billion in revenue
The report covers the following topics:
•Small cell, carrier WiFi, DAS and C-RAN technology, and architecture
•Integration and offloading technology for HetNets
•Market drivers and key benefits of HetNets
•Challenges and Inhibitors to the HetNet ecosystem
•HetNet industry roadmap: 2010 – 2020
•HetNet industry value chain
•Vendor landscape and acquisitions
•HetNet deployment models
•Vertical markets for HetNet deployments
•Small cell backhaul and C-RAN fronthaul technology, requirements and key issues
•Standardization and regulatory initiatives
•SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service)
•Small cell, SCaaS, C-RAN, DAS and carrier WiFi deployment case studies
•Industry, wireless carrier and vendor commitments to HetNet deployments
•Enterprise RAN solutions
•Public safety and military centric LTE small cells
•WiFi enabled LTE gateways
•SON (Self-Organizing Network) technology
•Profiles and market positioning assessment (current strategy, target market and products/services) for the following players in the HetNet market: pure-play small cell vendors, DAS, RRH (Remote Radio Head) & repeater solution providers, carrier WiFi focused vendors, C-RAN solution providers, HetNet focused SON solution providers, wireless network (Macrocell, Core) infrastructure vendors, chipset, software, technology & component vendors, test & measurement solution providers, WiFi network providers and fronthaul/backhaul solution providers
•Conclusion and strategic recommendations for HetNet solution vendors, wireless carriers and macrocell infrastructure vendors
•Market analysis and forecasts for the industry’s revenue, including the following submarkets:
◦SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service)
◦DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems)
◦C-RAN (Cloud Radio Access Networks)
◦SON (Self-Organizing Network) Solutions
◦Small Cell Backhaul
◦Mobile Network Data Service
•Small cell forecasts (unit shipments, revenue, installed base) are categorized in the following categories:
•Carrier WiFi forecasts (unit shipments, revenue, installed base) are categorized in the following categories:
Access Point Controllers
Managed WiFi Offload
Unmanaged ‘Open Access’ WiFi
•Small cell backhaul forecasts (revenue) are categorized in the following technology categories:
Ethernet over Copper
Ethernet over Fiber
DSL modems and DSLAMs
NLOS (Non Line of Sight) Microwave (Sub-6GHz spectrum)
PTP (Point to Point) Microwave (6-60GHz)
PTMP (Point to Multipoint) Microwave (6-60GHz)
Millimeter Wave (Unlicensed 60GHz spectrum)
Millimeter Wave (Licensed 60GHz spectrum)
•Mobile network data service forecasts (throughput and revenue) are categorized in the following access network technology categories:
Macrocell & C-RAN Networks
•Regional forecasts are categorized in the following 6 categories
Middle East & Africa
Latin & Central America
Key Questions Answered:
The report provides answers to the following key questions:
•What are the key market drivers and challenges in the HetNet ecosystem?
•How big is the HetNet ecosystem, and how much revenue will it generate in 2020?
•What will be the installed base of small cells and carrier WiFi access points in 2020?
•Which geographical regions offer the greatest growth potential for HetNet deployments?
•What is the service revenue for mobile data services delivered over small cells, carrier WiFi, DAS, C-RAN and macrocells, and how will this vary overtime?
•How are investments on DAS technology impacting small cell and carrier WiFi deployments?
•What is the C-RAN concept, and how does it affect the small cell, DAS and carrier WiFi markets?
•Which technology will be predominant in the small cell backhaul ecosystem and is there a market for satellite based small cell backhaul?
•Is there a market for rural small cell deployments?
•How big are the opportunities for SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service) and enterprise RAN deployments?
•How is the HetNet value chain structured and how will it evolve overtime?
•What opportunities does the HetNet ecosystem offer to infrastructure vendors and other players involved in the value chain?
•What strategies should infrastructure vendors and wireless carriers adopt to capitalize on the HetNet opportunity?
•Can small cells help in accelerating LTE deployments for the military, public safety and other verticals?