Progress in Small Cells Networking: Markets, Technologies and Applications

Progress in Small Cells Networking: Markets, Technologies and Applications

  • January 2015 •
  • 162 pages •
  • Report ID: 2589420 •
  • Format: PDF
Research Methodology

Considerable research was performed using the Internet. Information from various Web sites was studied and analyzed; evaluation of publicly available marketing and technical publications was also conducted. Telephone conversations and interviews were held with industry analysts, technical experts and executives. In addition to these interviews and primary research, secondary sources were used to develop a more complete mosaic of the market landscape, including industry and trade publications, conferences and seminars.

The overriding objective throughout the work has been to provide valid and relevant information. This has led to a continual review and update of the information content.

Target Audience

This report provides the SCs and their backhaul solutions technologies and market analysis. It can be useful for service providers, vendors, network operators and managers, Enterprise IT staff, investors and end users seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the SC developmental trends in the mobile industry.

The end users will gain a more thorough understanding of products technologies and capabilities as well as their economics.


This report addresses recent advances in small cells (SCs) and their backhaul solutions. It reflects a trend in the mobile industry to reduce macro base stations deployments and increase a number of small cells. The report presents independent, unbiased analysis in detail and in easily understandable terms. Through vendors’ interviews and the analysis of other multiple data sources, the report provides latest, accurate marketing and technological information.

In particular, the report provides the analysis of small cells technologies, concentrating on their advantages, issues, varieties and specifics. Major applications are analyzed and the standardization activity is emphasized. Based on the in-depth industry analysis, which included the analysis of multiple studies and interviews with vendors, market prognoses (2015-2019) are presented. The survey of more than thirty vendors and their portfolios are also provided.

The report stresses that the SC backhaul solution may prove or brake the small cell business case. Specifics of small cells backhauls, their varieties and differences from macro cells backhauls are analyzed in details. The need for standardization is emphasized. The study of industry trends, interviews with vendors and the analysis of publically available statistical data helped to perform the marketing analysis. The survey of vendors (about 30 manufacturers of small cells backhaul equipment) reflects this industry specifics. There is a range of use cases for open access small cells, from targeted demand hotspots in city centers, through generalized capacity uplift, to serving not-spots in remote rural areas. In each case the emphasis on backhaul requirements shifts, and aspects that are critical to one type of deployment can be relaxed in others. Solutions with different characteristics will address the needs of different types of small cells backhauls in different areas.

Attachments contain the in-depth analysis of two evolving small cell backhaul solutions:
1. Based on 60 GHz technologies. Both Ethernet radio and 802.11ad solutions are addressed. Marketing and technical specifics are described in details. The survey of vendors is also provided.
2. Based on 802.11ac technology. This technology allows gigabits throughput, range and other characteristics that satisfy small cell backhaul requirements. Authors analyzed specifics of 802.11ac technology as they relate to small cell backhaul application; they also analyzed the market and vendors’ portfolios.

The report intends for a wide audience of telecommunications specialists who deal with complicated choices in mobile networking to support business cases.