Small cells used by nearly all service providers
Mobile operators continue to take small cells into their networks, with only 9 pecent having none – even these plan to do so by the end of 2017. The major trend is augmenting macro cells with small cells to give a more balanced traffic load. Indoor and outdoor cells are gaining momentum.
Other significant findings of the report include:
- In-building small cell deployments will rise more than six times by 2021
- Outdoor small cell deployments will grow ten times by 2021
- Optimization of high data use areas is a main driver of small cell deployments
- Nokia remains the top small cell provider and has the largest installed base