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Operators are examining the business case for deploying small cells in various locations, such as outdoor and indoor public spaces as well as residential properties. Such deployments could lend themselves to outsourcing-based small-cells-as-a-service models and this report assesses the viability of these approaches.

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The Small cells as a service: an assessment of the business case
Contents
About this report
Executive summary
Small cells represent a shift for operators and are leading to the emergence of new 'as-a-service' business models
Different SCaaS models deliver cost savings in different areas
Recommendations
The business case for public indoor SCaaS
SCaaS deployments are potentially profitable in indoor enterprise environments
Operators face challenges in covering the indoor small-cell market themselves
Indoor SCaaS deployments still face a number of challenges
Standardisation issues hinder on multi-operator small-cell deployments
The business case for public outdoor SCaaS
Increasing volumes of data traffic will bring the need for public outdoor small cells
Outdoor SCaaS providers are targeting different parts of the value chain
Capex for small-cell access points is not a barrier to operators deploying their own small cells
Site acquisition could complicate the process of operators deploying their own outdoor small-cell networks
Site rental and backhaul are areas in which SCaaS deployments can deliver cost savings for operators
Delays in operator outdoor small-cell roll-outs present an opportunity for SCaaS players
The business case for residential SCaaS
Many operators lack the scale to purchase their own small-cell gateway for residential deployments
Residential SCaaS offerings can deliver significant savings for smaller operators, but barriers exist
Appendix
Cloudberry Mobile is seeking to target indoor small cell deployments
Cloudberry Mobile's ownership of spectrum in Norway makes the Norwegian market a special case
ClearSky has thus far focussed on targeting smaller operators in the Americas region
Virgin Media Business is targeting the public outdoor small cell market in dense urban areas
UK mobile data traffic favours the development of SCaaS models such as that of Virgin Media Business
About the author and Analysys Mason

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