From the Wires
Small Cell is the Buzz but DAS is the Biz, Say Operators in Latest Infonetics Survey
By: Business Wire
Nov. 8, 2012 04:47 PM
Technology market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its just-published Small Cell Coverage Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, for which Infonetics interviewed wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators around the world about their small cell buildout plans.
“To the small cell vendors of the world, we know what you want to hear, but what you need to hear is that the small cell market simply isn’t going to explode as many are predicting,” cautions Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.
“The reality is,” Téral continues, “a majority of operators are still using distributed antennas (DAS) in their mobile networks for coverage, and despite all the talk about using small cells to boost capacity in large venues, operators we interviewed believe DAS will remain a fundamental tool for malls, airports, stadiums and the like. Yes, small cells are poised to play a major role in 3G and 4G network expansion, but operators are going to pick the right tool for their needs, be it coverage, capacity or both; indoor, outdoor or both; and small cells aren’t always the right solution. The bottom line is, small cells -- I’m not talking about residential femtocells here -- remain a tiny market compared to macrocells, and will take time to reach meaningful penetration.”
SMALL CELL COVERAGE STRATEGIES SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
SMALL CELL SURVEY SYNOPSIS
For its 27-page small cell coverage strategies survey, Infonetics interviewed independent wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators from Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America about their small cell buildout plans. The study provides insights into small cell deployment plans and drivers, technical challenges, implementation barriers, deployment locations, spectrum ranges, and DAS usage. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
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