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Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways

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Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways
Published: January 1, 2021 Content info: 115 Pages
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Abstract:

Growing Demand for Stable & Reliable Wireless Coverage in Homes & Offices to Support Growth for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways

The global market for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways is expected to spike by 28% in the year 2020 and continue to grow to reach 21 million units by the year 2027, trailing a CAGR of 18% over the analysis period 2020 through 2027. Wi-Fi enabled LTE small cell gateway refers to a network element that features an LTE interface towards the carrier network and a Wi-Fi interface towards the end user devices. With operators facing the challenge of achieving both capacity and coverage, adoption of LTE small cells is seen as an ideal, cost-effective and immediate way out. LTE small cells are required to possess certain characteristics, which include minimize capital expenditure as well as long-term operational expenditure; support indoor as well as outdoor deployments; low capacity, power and form factor for indoor and outdoor deployment; ability to exploit existing backhaul technologies such as GPON, xDSL, microwave and Ethernet for connecting to EPC; provide support to SON features to enable lower operational expenditure and quicker rollout; offer differentiated services thereby contributing to revenue growth; provide seamless coverage handover between small cell and macro cell coverage and ability to provide support to 3G/HSPA+ and other multiple mode access technologies from a single box.

The last decade has witnessed a major expansion of Wireless Broadband Networks (Wi-Fi, LTE) across the globe. Broadband networks enable high-speed mobile networking that supports a wide range of multimedia services (gaming, music and video streaming etc.). The demand for broadband networking facilities is forecast to continue on its exponential trajectory over the next decade. However, the existing broadband infrastructure is not equipped to handle the expected surge in demand. Wi-Fi technology is accessible, inexpensive, interoperable and standardized internationally. Wi-Fi technology is easily shared across multiple devices and users but declines in networking speeds in crowded residential or urban areas are issues, as are concerns over battery efficiency of Wi-Fi devices. The technology has been constantly evolving, with the latest generation promising better interference resistance and higher speeds. Wi-Fi technology is now typically part of most mobile devices and is deployed across the globe in public spaces. Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology is an alternative mobile broadband standard whose robustness, spectral-efficiency and speeds have made it a popular choice for networking on mobile devices. It is likely that the huge demand for Wi-Fi services will force mobile operators to provide near-seamless integration of both LTE and Wi-Fi networks on mobile devices. Over the years, mobile communications infrastructure has been experiencing tremendous transition globally driven by technological advances and rapid growth in data consumption and traffic. Growing data traffic is creating significant challenges to mobile operators without corresponding increase in average revenue per user.

Traditionally, operators relied on expansion of spectrum as a means to expand capacity and coverage, which is however an expensive endeavor. A practical way out of this challenge is to expand capacity and coverage through investments in less expensive equipment in order to support the deluge of data traffic expected in the years to come. High cost of spectrum and the threat of lower capacity to address growing data needs are compelling mobile operators worldwide to increasingly invest in smaller base stations or small cells, carrier Wi-Fi and other solutions that enhance coverage than erection of new towers or macro cells. Small cells are witnessing tremendous growth in investments from service providers, and form an alternative to Wi-Fi as an offloading option. Small cell networks include several miniaturized base stations which can be placed inside buildings or outside for enhancing network capacity and coverage. Although small cells can eliminate the need of additional WLAN access points, there is a growing trend to view small cells and Wi-Fi as complementary technologies. Small cells are an increasingly growing popular solution for mobile operators to address capacity and coverage issues in the backdrop of growing mobile data traffic. However, small cells make use of licensed spectrum and as a result its capacity is dependent upon spectrum availability. Additionally, small cells may face capacity degradation due to interference between cells, and so require considerable planning. In a bid to address this drawback, mobile operators began using Wi-Fi along with smart cells to augment capacity and performance of the latter. Given the unlicensed and free nature of Wi-Fi, operators are channeling significant resources on carrier Wi-Fi and secondarily on smart cells. However, with a potential saturation of the unlicensed spectrum and limitations of the technology, tremendous prospects lie ahead for smart cells with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities. Wi-Fi has already gained importance as a key component of small cells. Wi-Fi is being used in small cells for purposes such as authentication, billing and diverting applications to individual radio modes. Growing proliferation of embedded Wi-Fi capabilities in stationary as well as mobile devices in tandem with carrier investments into LTE infrastructure upgrades are driving many wireless network carriers to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled LTE small cell gateways.

Select Competitors (Total 56 Featured) -

  • Airspan Networks, Inc.
  • Alpha Networks, Inc.
  • BLiNQ Networks
  • Ceragon
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Contela Inc
  • DragonWave-X
  • FastBack Networks
  • Intracom S.A. Telecom Solutions
  • LightPoint Communications
  • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Sercomm Corporation
  • TEKTELIC Communications, Inc
  • Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Table of Contents
Product Code: MCP-7972

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. METHODOLOGY

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • 1. MARKET OVERVIEW
    • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Small Cells: A Prelude
    • Small Cell Deployments Continue to Grow
    • EXHIBIT 1: New Deployments of Small Cells by Setting (%): 2019 and 2025
    • EXHIBIT 2: New Deployments of Small Cells by Indoor and Outdoor Settings (%): 2019 and 2025
    • An Introduction to Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateway
    • Global Market Prospects & Outlook
    • Competition
    • Recent Market Activity
  • 2. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS
  • 3. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS
    • Rise of LTE & Its Impact on Critical Communications Broadband Networks
    • As Expanding 4G LTE Networks Transform Mobile Communications, Small Cell Deployments Become Imperative to Improve Capacity
    • EXHIBIT 3: Global Small Cells Deployments by Technology (in %) for 2019, 2020 & 2021
    • EXHIBIT 4: Global 4G LTE Market Size (in US$ Billion) for the Years 2018, 2020, 2022 & 2024
    • EXHIBIT 5: Global Number of Mobile 4G LTE Subscriptions (in Million) for 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023 & 2025
    • EXHIBIT 6: Global Mobile Connections by Network Type (in %) for 2019 and 2025
    • EXHIBIT 7: 4G Technology as % of Mobile Networks by Region for 2019 and 2025
    • Rising Internet Use and Explosive Growth of Mobile Data Traffic Drives MNOs to Adopt Small Cell Gateways
    • EXHIBIT 8: Global Internet Usage: Number of Internet Users (in Billion) and Internet Penetration Rate (in %) for the Years 2015 through 2019
    • EXHIBIT 9: Breakdown of Internet Users (in %) by Region: Q1 2020
    • EXHIBIT 10: Global Mobile Data Traffic in EB/Month for the Year 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025
    • Rapid Proliferation of Mobile Devices and Increase in Data Services Drive MNOs towards Small Cell Gateways
    • EXHIBIT 11: Smartphone Penetration Rate as Share of Total Population: 2016-2020
    • EXHIBIT 12: Global Market for Smartphones in Billions for 2016-2021
    • EXHIBIT 13: Global Mobile Data Traffic Per Smartphone (in GB per Month) by Region/Country for 2019 and 2025
    • HetNets: Small Cells Play a Critical Role in 4G Network Continuity and 5G Evolution
    • The HetNet Continuum
    • Increasing Use of IoT and Internet-Connected Smart Devices Enhances Need for Small Cells to Ensure Network Densification
    • EXHIBIT 14: Global Number of IoT Connected Devices (In Billion) for the Years 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 & 2025
    • LTE-Advanced Further Boosts Small Cells Deployments
    • Growing Focus on Indoor Coverage Enhances Focus on Network Capacity Improvements through Small Cells
    • Small Cell Deployments Enable Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS)
    • Carrier Wi-Fi: A Market Driven by Rapid Growth in Mobile Data
    • Wi-Fi and Small Cells Play Complementary Roles in Offloading Traffic
    • Wi-Fi Integrated Small Cells Devices Transform Market
    • Rise in Private LTE Networks Augur Well for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Market
    • EXHIBIT 15: Global Private LTE Market Size (in US$ Billion) for the Years 2020, 2022, 2024 and 2026
    • Innovations to Open Up More Opportunities
    • 3G and 4G/LTE Small Cell Backhaul: An Insight
    • Small Cell LTE Networks: Key Challenges
  • 4. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE
    • TABLE 1: World Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, China, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World Markets - Independent Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 2: World Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, China, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World Markets - Independent Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • TABLE 3: World 12-Year Perspective for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for USA, Canada, Japan, China, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World Markets for Years 2015, 2020 & 2027

III. MARKET ANALYSIS

    • GEOGRAPHIC MARKET ANALYSIS
    • UNITED STATES
    • Growing Internet and Smartphone Usage Puts Pressure on Mobile Services, Driving Smart Cell Deployments
    • EXHIBIT 16: Mobile Internet Traffic (in Exabytes per month) in the US 2019, 2021 and 2023
    • EXHIBIT 17: Smartphone Users (in Millions) in the United States: 2011-2025
    • Market Analytics
    • TABLE 4: USA Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 5: USA Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • CANADA
    • TABLE 6: Canada Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 7: Canada Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • JAPAN
    • TABLE 8: Japan Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 9: Japan Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • CHINA
    • Market Overview
    • EXHIBIT 18: Number of Smartphone Users in China (in Million): 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023 & 2025
    • EXHIBIT 19: Average Data Traffic of Handset per 4G User Per Month (in GB) of China Mobile Limited: 2015-2019
    • Market Analytics
    • TABLE 10: China Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 11: China Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • EUROPE
    • Market Overview
    • Market Analytics
    • TABLE 12: Europe Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe Markets - Independent Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 13: Europe Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe Markets - Independent Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • TABLE 14: Europe 12-Year Perspective for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 2015, 2020 & 2027
    • FRANCE
    • TABLE 15: France Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 16: France Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • GERMANY
    • TABLE 17: Germany Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 18: Germany Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • ITALY
    • TABLE 19: Italy Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 20: Italy Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • TABLE 21: UK Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 22: UK Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • REST OF EUROPE
    • TABLE 23: Rest of Europe Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 24: Rest of Europe Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • ASIA-PACIFIC
    • Market Overview
    • EXHIBIT 20: Asia-Pacific Towers Market Breakdown of Deployments by Traditional Towers and Small Cells/DAS for 2019 and 2030
    • Market Analytics
    • TABLE 25: Asia-Pacific Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 26: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019
    • REST OF WORLD
    • TABLE 27: Rest of World Current & Future Analysis for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways Analysis - Annual Sales in Thousand Units for the Years 2020 through 2027
    • TABLE 28: Rest of World Historic Review for Wi-Fi Enabled LTE Small Cell Gateways - Analysis of Annual Sales in Thousand Units for Years 2015 through 2019

IV. COMPETITION

  • Total Companies Profiled: 156
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