The Global Small Cells market is subject to witness a substantial growth due to the presence of large amount of content in the form of video on various digital platforms such as smart phones, development of the digital economy, IoT, drones, self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence. Small cells essentially carry out 5G-signal transmission, much efficient when compared to broadband services.
This allows swiftness during the digital transaction, thereby driving growth of digital economy. These factors are expected to boost market demand for small cell over the forecast period. Globally, the market is predicted to generate a massive revenue over next seven years, providing numerous opportunities for market players to invest for research and development in the small cells market.
Small cells commonly act as data carriers that are small, light, and highly cost efficient. Small cell are easily installed due to their small size. Small cells help to unburden the crunched network and offer backhaul for network traffic. These advantages are anticipated to drive large-scale adoption of small cells over the forecast period. Increasing adoption of femtocells for residential usage to enhance coverage is anticipated to aggravate the market growth.
Advent of high speed packet access (HSPA+), code division multiple access (CDFMA) and long-term evolution (LTE) carriers has led to development of uplink and downlink and backhaul paths, which, in turn, leads to generation of large data traffic. To monitor such enormous data traffic use of metro femto-cells, local access femto-cells, organizational level femto-cells, super femto-cells, class-3 femto-cells, Pico cells and microcells are highly prioritized that propels the market demand for small cells.
Technological advancement such as high-end networks and network bandwidth coupled with rise in the domestic data usage are projected to stimulate the growth of small cells market. Small cells are largely adopted for boosting the bandwidth capacity of a given network that is particularly used in domestic applications. In addition, declined cost of operations for small base stations coupled with the large-scale adoption of data networks in urban areas are bolstering industry growth in the last few years.
The market is broadly categorized into six major segments based on the application type such as small cell base stations, data-cards with terminals, power amplifier driver, wideband instrumentation, power amplifier driver and customer premises equipment. The small cell base station is considered as one of the fastest growing segment in the market with substantial revenue generation in the last few years.
Growing popularity of the small cell base station segment is attributed to the increase in number of stations particularly in the Asia Pacific region. The small cell base station is further divided into sub-segments such as 5dB, 32dB, 36dB and 39dB. The power amplifier driver segment is has also witnessed substantial growth owing to the increasing adoption in the speakers, headphones, and RF transmitters.
The market is divided by region as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa. North America has shown major growth in recent years owing to the rise in the implementation of latest technologies for semiconductor electronics, recent research & development activities, and existence of well-established electronic industry in the region. Asia-Pacific region is predicted to hold major market share in the small cells market with massive growth in the forecast period.
Countries such as India, China and Japan are leading the Asia-Pacific market with strong economic growth in the region, soaring demand for small cell stations, easy availability of skilled workforce, rising number of indoor application such as houses and small offices, and significant investment by leading industry players considering potential growth opportunities in the region. The key players in the small cells market are NXP Semiconductors Co., Texas Instruments, Inc., Broadcom Co., Anadigics, Inc., Qorvo, Inc., RFHIC Co., Skyworks Solution, Inc., and TekTelic Communication Inc.
• Nokia / Alcatel-Lucent
• Cisco Small Cells
• Corning Spidercloud
• Signal Booster.com
• Small Cell Forum
• Solid Technologies
• Zouk Capital / ip.access
• Small Cells
• Functional splits.
• LTE Small Cell
• Network Densification
• Hybrid Ethernet Based DAS
• In Building Wireless
• Broadband Traffic
• In Air Interface Solutions
• Outdoor and Stadium Deployments
• Heterogeneous Network
• Hung On Aerial Coax, Fiber, Or Electricity Cables
• Distributed business
• End-To-End Integrated Small Cells
• Metro Cell Solution Signal Transmission
• ADRF Positioning
• Bandwidth Allocation
• Across enterprise boundaries
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