Strategies for Small Cell Network Deployments for 4G and Beyond

  • November 2013
  • -
  • Mind Commerce Publishing
  • -
  • 56 pages

Overview:

Current smart phone usage trends indicate that there will be a huge increase in global mobile user traffic. In the next five years alone, the mobile user traffic is expected to reach 11.2 Exabyte per month. Small Cells and Small Cell Networks are expected to play a pivotal role in addressing the capacity needs for such a traffic surge in the mobile networks.

Small Cells and Carrier WiFi are important factors for the success of an LTE deployment and public areas will be the key drivers for the small-cell market. Small cells are typically used to provide in-building and outdoor wireless coverage and capacity. Estimates suggest that with small cells, mobile operators can offload almost 80% of traffic during peak times.

The name "small" should not fool anyone, as the planning stage of Small Cell deployment can often take almost as long as macro cell planning. The choice of Small Cell technology is driven by many factors including type of solution (consumer, enterprise, public area, rural area), usage patterns, and more. There are many other considerations after deployment as well including proper timing for implementation of optimization technologies such as Self-organizing Network (SON) solutions.

This report provides a fundamental technical understanding of the Small Cell operation as well as the business drivers for deployment from a mobile network operator's perspective. The report evaluates the current state of the industry Small Cell deployment in 3G and LTE and presents a vision for anticipated future of Small Cells beyond 4G. This is the only report of its type that provides specific and critical insights and information needed for Small Cell design and strategic planning.

Report Benefits:

Market forecast for carrier WiFi and Small Cells 2013 - 2018
Understand market status and identify anticipated future trends
Understand technical aspects of Small Cell deployment strategies
Understand operational issues associated with deploying and operating Small Cells
Identify early research work being performed by vendors for potential 5G technologies
Understand the role and importance of optimization technologies including Self-organizing Network (SON)
Identify specific vendor products, solutions and product features to support a successful Small Cell deployment

Target Audience:

Mobile network operators
Wireless device manufacturers
Network integration companies
Wireless infrastructure providers
Managed telecommunication service providers
Cloud-based hosting and virtualization providers
Anyone who needs to understand the future of wireless networks

Companies in Report:

Actix
AirHop
Alcatel-Lucent
Arieso
AT&T
Boingo
Cambridge Broadband Network
Cisco
Ericsson
Green Packet
InfoVista
Intucell
NSN
NTT Docomo
Qualcomm
Reverb Networks
Ruckus Wireless
Samsung

Table Of Contents

1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 4
2.0 INTRODUCTION 5
3.0 TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW 7
4.0 BUSINESS CASE 10
5.0 VENDOR SOLUTIONS 12
5.1 ALCATEL-LUCENT 12
5.2 CISCO 13
5.3 ERICSSON 16
5.4 NOKIA SOLUTIONS and NETWORKS 17
5.5 RUCKUS WIRELESS 18
6.0 SMALL CELLS CURRENT MARKET STATUS and FUTURE TRENDS 20
7.0 STRATEGIES and BUSINESS MODEL FOR SMALL CELL DEPLOYMENTS 24
7.1 NETWORK PLANNING and DIMENSIONING 25
7.2 SMALL CELL AP TYPE 27
7.3 AUTO CONFIGURATION and SON 27
7.4 INTERFERENCE MANAGEMENT 30
7.5 SEAMLESS MOBILITY 31
7.6 AUTHENTICATION and SECURITY 33
7.7 BACKHAUL SOLUTION 35
7.8 UPGRADABILITY 39
7.9 TARGET SITE SELECTION 40
7.10 REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATION and PROCUREMENT 41
7.11 CAPEX, OPEX, and TCO 42
7.12 REVENUE GENERATION AND ROI 44
8.0 GLOBAL SMALL CELL FORECASTS 47
8.1 GLOBAL SMALL CELL UNIT SHIPMENTS (OVERALL) 47
8.2 GLOBAL SMALL CELL REVENUE 47
8.3 GLOBAL SMALL CELL UNIT SHIPMENTS (BY TYPE) 48
8.4 GLOBAL SMALL CELL REVENUE (BY TYPE) 49
8.5 GLOBAL SMALL CELL UNIT SHIPMENTS (3G VS. 4G) 50
9.0 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 51
10.0 ABBREVIATIONS 53
11.0 BIBLIOGRAPHY 55

List of Graphs

Figure 1: Cisco SP Wi-Fi Small Cell Solution Architecture 14
Figure 2: Cisco Licensed Small Solution Architecture 15
Figure 3: Mobile Market Trends 20
Figure 4: Femtocell Appeal for Households versus Wi-Fi 22
Figure 5: Small Cell Unit Shipments: 2013 - 2018 47
Figure 6: Small Cell Revenues: 2013 - 2018 48
Figure 7: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Cell Type: 2013 - 2018 48
Figure 8: Small Cell Revenues by Cell Type: 2013 - 2018 49
Figure 9: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Technology: 2013 - 2018 50

List of Tables

Table 1: Small Cell Categories and Market Segments 7
Table 2: Strategy Focus Areas for Technical Aspects 25
Table 3: List of Fundamental SON Capabilities 28
Table 4: Strategic Requirements and Business Drivers for SON 28
Table 5: Types of SON Architectures 29
Table 6: SON Vendors, Products, and Solutions 30
Table 7: Different Types of Small Cell Interference 30
Table 8: Interference Management Capabilities for Small Cells 31
Table 9: Small Cell Mobility Feature Requirements 32
Table 10: Solutions to Consider for Seamless Mobility Support in Small Cells 33
Table 11: Vendor Solutions for Seamless Mobility 33
Table 12: Authentication and Security Requirement for Small Cells 34
Table 13: Security Solutions for Small Cell Networks 34
Table 14: Backhaul Feature Requirements 35
Table 15: Backhaul Solution Requirements and Options for Small Cell (34) 38
Table 16: Strategy Focus Areas for Business Aspects 40
Table 17: Strategy Steps for Selection of Target Site Location 41
Table 18: Key Areas of Focus for Requirements Specification and Procurement Plan 42
Table 19: Strategies for Revenue Generation and Positive ROI for Small Cells 45
Table 20: VAS Solution Options for Small Cells 46

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