The global small cell market to grow from $690.0 million in 2014 to $4.8 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 41.7%
The small cell is emerging as an efficient and cost-effective alternative for network expansion, economically beneficial to the mobile network operators with low operating and capital cost. These small cells come in a compact form and are easy to install, consume less power that can be supplied by using Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) technology, can be deployed indoors and outdoors, and require only Ethernet connectivity for connecting to the mobile network.
The market provides mobile network operators with the option of offloading the mobile data on to unlicensed spectrum through Wi-Fi and provides coverage using the licensed spectrum. These types of cells enable the mobile network operators to use carrier Wi-Fi for mobile data as well as provide network coverage throughout the city by eliminating all the blind spots. The small cell extend the coverage and capacity of the network to accommodate the growing amount of mobile data and provide extended network coverage along with greatly reducing the capital and operational expenditure in comparison to traditional macro cells.