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October 24, 2014 17:08 ET

Infonetics survey: MNOs see strong role for small cells, but backhaul challenges remain

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - October 24, 2014) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 Small Cell Backhaul Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insights into operator plans for small cell backhaul.

ANALYST NOTE
"Operators participating in our small cell backhaul survey have yet to scale their small cell deployments, but they are looking to place over 20% of their traffic from the macro network onto small cells by 2018," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics Research. "But they also tell us that backhaul-specific challenges like planning site acquisition, power and connection sourcing, and cost models have impacted deployment timelines."

SMALL CELL BACKHAUL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ethernet over fiber is survey respondents' preferred backhaul technology for outdoor small cells, followed by point-to-point microwave and millimeter wave
    • Ethernet over fiber is the most-used technology for in-building deployments
  • With small cell deployments occurring in a range of locations and with an array of topologies, no single backhaul technology will be a universal solution
  • Likewise, no single vendor is likely to dominate the small cell backhaul landscape; it is still early days, but so far survey participants strongly favor a group of vendors with wired and wireless backhaul solutions
  • Respondent operators rate price-to-performance ratio, product reliability, and pricing as the top 3 criteria for choosing a small cell backhaul vendor

SMALL CELL SURVEY SYNOPSIS
For its 34-page small cell backhaul survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase decision makers at 25 incumbent, mobile, competitive, and cable operators from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean and Latin America, and North America about their current and future plans for small cell backhaul. The study provides insights into mobile traffic handling, specific backhaul issues related to in-building and outdoor small cells, and vendor preferences. The operators participating in the study control 29% of the world's telecom capex. To buy report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Contact Information

  • PRESS CONTACT:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells
    Infonetics Research
    +44-1689-851-618
    +1-408-583-3369
    Email contact
    Twitter: @RichardAWebb