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Global In-Building Wireless BTS/Controller-based Small Cells Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2021, 1st Edition

Global In-Building Wireless BTS/Controller-based Small Cells Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2021, 1st Edition

  • June 2017
  • 50 pages
  • ID: 4973889
  • Format: PDF
  • By EJL Wireless Research LLC


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This report is solely focused on in-building wireless small cell solutions that are based on a controller or NodeB/eNodeB architecture that address the enterprise market. The report DOES NOT focus on standalone small cells that are backhaul connected via an S1/X2 interface or an Iub/Iuh interface including femto/pico/microcells. Additionally, the report only focuses on in-building solutions and DOES NOT address outdoor small cell solutions. Please see the Research Methodology chapter for a more detailed explanation. We estimate that global shipments for BTS/controller-based small cells reached one
million units in 2016, up 149% from 2015 and having a break out year, finally.

While these types of solutions have been available in the market for several years now (see introduction dates), the medium and large enterprise markets have not been able to accept the value proposition of these solutions when compared with other in-building wireless alternatives. The BTS/controller-based solutions are not without their deployment and market risks (see Research Methodology section). The solutions from Ericsson, Huawei Technologies & ZTE require a NodeB/eNodeB to implement while the other vendor’s solutions require a direct core network connection via a gateway/controller unit.

Comba Telecom iCell (2015)
CommScope/Airvana OneCell (2014)
Ericsson Radio Dot (2013)
Huawei Technologies LampSite (2013)
Nokia Flexi Zone/Flexi Cluster (2012/2016)
SpiderCloud Wireless E-RAN (2013)
ZTE Qcell (2014)

We forecast that the market for BTS/controller-based small cells will continue to see strong growth from 2017-2019 as demand is essentially being driven by China. While historically, the in-building wireless market has been focused on North America and LTE led network requirements for DAS, we believe that the market has quickly shifted to China and will continue to be focused on China throughout the forecast period for the BTS/controller-based small cells segment.
We estimate a 9% CAGR for the 2017-2021 period regarding unit shipments.

This report covers the leading in-building wireless enterprise BTS/controller-based small cells network equipment manufacturers:

Comba Telecom
Huawei Technologies
ZTE Corporation

This report covers the global market share for 2016 shipments as well as a forecast for 2017-2021.

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