Heterogeneous networks (HetNet) is a term used for modern mobile communications networks. A modern mobile communications network is comprised of a combination of different cell types and different access technologies.
A typical HetNet uses a combination of legacy systems (e.g. GSM en UMTS) and modern radio access technologies such as LTE, possibly completed with Wi-Fi. Macro cells are used to provide coverage. Pico cells and micro cells are used to enhance capacity in busy areas, such as train stations, shopping malls and city centers. Femto cells and Wi-Fi are used at the office and at home. Deployment of these small cell are a key feature of the HetNet approach as they allow considerable flexibility as to where they are positioned. Wi-fi can play a significant role in HetNets, both in terms of data offload and in terms of roaming, especially between an outdoor environment and an in-house environment.
Operators can potentially provide a more consistent customer experience compared to what could be achieved with a homogenous network, by integrating a variety of technologies and cell layers depending on the topology of the coverage area. A seamless transition between the different layers and different radio interfaces takes place, without requiring the user to do anything.
Why Demand for HetNet Infrastructure will increase?
With the massive growth in data traffic, networks are expanding faster than ever before. Network complexity is increasing and service providers need to become more agile at network planning and rollout in order to keep up with changing network technologies.
Service providers are finding their current planning tools are inadequate to meet the demands of rolling out or upgrading their networks. Current planning tools can’t deal with the complexity or scale to meet the huge volumes of projects expected to be supported over the next few years.
Driven by in-building wireless coverage requirements and the growing influx of mobile data traffic, a conventional macrocell based cellular network deployment is not deemed to be a sufficient solution to address the coverage and capacity needs of today’s wireless subscribers.
Mobile operators are thus increasing their investments in Heterogeneous Network or HetNet infrastructure such as strategically deployed small cells, carrier Wi-Fi and DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems), to cope with growing capacity and coverage requirements. Adding further to the heterogeneity is the shift towards a C-RAN (Centralized RAN) architecture, which centralizes baseband functionality to be shared across a large number of distributed radio nodes. In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility and energy efficiency.
How much growth can we expect?
Driven by the thriving ecosystem, we expect small cell, carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN and DAS investments to account for nearly $13 Billion by the end of 2016. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 15% between 2016 and 2020, as mobile operators remain committed to tackle the continued growth of mobile data traffic and evolving coverage requirements.
What will market research report provide?
The HetNet Ecosystem (Small Cells, Carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN & DAS): 2016 – 2030: Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts report presents an in-depth assessment of the HetNet ecosystem including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, use cases, vertical markets, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for HetNet infrastructure investments from 2016 till 2030.
The forecasts cover 6 individual submarkets and 6 regions.
What Segmentation is covered in report?
Latin & Central America
Middle East & Africa
WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing)
OTN (Optical Transport Network)
PON (Passive Optical Network)
Deployment Model Segmentation:
What are key findings of report?
Research estimates that global infrastructure investments on small cells, carrier Wi-Fi, C-RAN and DAS will reach nearly $13 Billion by the end of 2016, as mobile operators remain committed to tackle the continued growth of mobile data traffic and evolving coverage requirements.
Small cell and C-RAN solutions are beginning to converge as small cell OEMs seek to capitalize on the benefits of centralized coordination for in-building and enterprise coverage.
Despite opposition from the Wi-Fi community, unlicensed LTE small cell shipments are beginning to gain traction, with shipment revenues potentially reaching $220 Million by the end of 2020.
The vendor ecosystem is gradually consolidating with several prominent acquisitions such as Nokia’s acquisition of French rival Alcatel-Lucent and CommScope’s acquisition of small cell specialist Airvana.
What are companies profiled in report?
Ablaze Wireless, Accelink Technologies, ADLINK Technology, Amdocs, 3Roam, Avago Technologies, DASAN Networks, InterDigital, Omnitron Systems, SpiderCloud Wireless and many more.
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