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January 15, 2013

Mobile Experts LLC Forecasts Market Transformation to Carrier-Grade Small Cells in 2013

Mobile Experts LLC, a major provider of insightful market analysis for mobile handsets and mobile infrastructure markets, recently announced the release of three different company forecasts: Small Cells, Semiconductors for Small Cells, and Backhaul for Small Cells.

These three major forecasts have enabled Mobile Experts to share important information about the future projection of the Small Cell market, gathered via a thorough analysis of each market.

With growth in consumer femtocell slowing down dramatically of late, Mobile Experts LLC has successfully established an advanced tracking system so that it can be well aware of how many femtocells are being shipped every quarter.

Joe Madden, principal analyst of Mobile Experts, said he anticipated a steady linear growth in the small cell sector, based on broadband penetration worldwide and global consumer demand.  

He had also mentioned in an earlier report that the global mobile service provider industry is about to enter a period when capital investment shifts to smaller cells. To be sure, 2012 seemed to see a waning of capital investment, with 12 percent lower RF transceiver shipments than 2011.

From 2009 to 2012, the carrier-grade small cell market was dominated by consumer femtocells. The growth rate of this sector has been poor, with only weak support from the mobile operators and modest public awareness.

However, as predicted by Mobile Experts, from 2014 to 2017, there will be a significant growth in annual shipments of small cells, followed by major carrier deployment to address capacity requirements.

Madden says the next big upsurge in investment will occur between 2014 and 2015, when consumers start to complain about performance. At that point, mobile service providers will turn to small cells for their 3G and LTE networks.

Madden predicts more than nine million carrier-grade capacity small cells will therefore be deployed during 2017.

The specialist explained that the "small cells" are more than a technology, as they are part of a shift to more use of "shared" networks in a real sense.

Madden explained that small cell solutions in the enterprise can efficiently solve problems for businesses, enabling them to unify licensed wireless and Wi-Fi, creating demand for enterprise small cells.

The carrier-grade small cells are anticipated to address the core problem facing the industry as most mobile communications carriers confront the problem of limited capacity.

Mobile Experts LLC has used an advisory panel of multiple infrastructure OEMs, 30 mobile operators, and more than 40 semiconductor companies to essentially validate the small cell forecasts issued by the company.

In addition, research on Backhaul includes important case studies on the basics and economics of different backhaul options, highlighting where the technology is beneficial to the carriers.

Earlier in 2009, the femtocell forecast of Mobile Experts was forecasted that in 2011, there would be a sale of 1.8 million small cells. In actuality, it was 1.9 million. 




Edited by Braden Becker


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