Infonetics Survey: Outdoor Small Cell Challenges Mount, Stymieing Deployments

CAMPBELL, Calif.--()--Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its Small Cell and LTE Backhaul Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insights into operator plans for small cell and macrocell backhaul.

ANALYST NOTE

“2013 was supposed to be the year for greater deployments of outdoor small cells, but installations haven’t proceeded as quickly as operators expected. It’s no picnic out there for operators. Costs are higher than anticipated, and many challenges remain difficult to solve, including siting, jurisdictional issues, unsettled local regulations, power availability, copper and fiber availability, small cell packaging with or without backhaul, just-coming-available technologies and products, and backhaul connections. Not to mention the coordination of small cells with WiFi or nearby macrocells over new types of backhaul that must support strict timing, sync, and latency requirements for LTE and LTE-Advanced in the future,” explains Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research.

Richard Webb, Infonetics’ directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells, adds: “This is in line with our recent forecast in which we project that operators will spend $3.6 billion on outdoor small cell backhaul equipment over the five years from 2013 to 2017, down from earlier forecasts based on operator plans.”

SMALL CELL AND LTE BACKHAUL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operators are finding that outdoor small cell deployments are more expensive than anticipated: more respondents now expect the 5-year TCO ratio of a small cell deployment to be 25% of a typical macrocell deployment, up from 10% in Infonetics' 2012 survey
  • There is a big opportunity for point-to-multipoint (P2MP) backhaul topology in dense urban areas, but there are only a few manufacturers shipping P2MP products today: BluWan, Cambridge Broadband, and Intracom
  • 1/4 of operators surveyed indicated they will use software-defined networking (SDN) in outdoor small cell backhaul networks by 2016 or later
  • Downstream bandwidth capacity is a top service-level agreement (SLA) metric for backhaul services supporting LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)

SMALL CELL BACKHAUL REPORT SYNOPSIS

For its 35-page small cell and LTE backhaul survey, published in January 2014, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision makers at 20 incumbent, independent wireless, competitive, and cable operators from EMEA, Asia Pacific, and North America about their current and future plans for small cell and macrocell backhaul. The study provides insights into mobile traffic handling and specific backhaul issues related to outdoor small cells, in-building small cells, and macrocells (including LTE and LTE-A). The operators participating in the study control 46% of the world’s telecom capex. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Contacts

Infonetics Research
Carrier Networks
Michael Howard, +1 408-583-3351
Co-founder and Principal Analyst
michael@infonetics.com
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
or
Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells
Richard Webb, +44 1689-851-618 or +1 408-583-3369
Directing Analyst
richard@infonetics.com
Twitter: @RichardAWebb

Downstream bandwidth capacity is a top service-level agreement (SLA) metric for backhaul services supporting LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), Infonetics' survey of operators found. (Graphic: Infonetics Research)

Downstream bandwidth capacity is a top service-level agreement (SLA) metric for backhaul services supporting LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), Infonetics' survey of operators found. (Graphic: Infonetics Research)

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Release Summary

Excerpts from Infonetics' latest Small Cell and LTE Backhaul Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insights into operator plans for small cell and macrocell backhaul.

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Contacts

Infonetics Research
Carrier Networks
Michael Howard, +1 408-583-3351
Co-founder and Principal Analyst
michael@infonetics.com
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
or
Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells
Richard Webb, +44 1689-851-618 or +1 408-583-3369
Directing Analyst
richard@infonetics.com
Twitter: @RichardAWebb