The cellular industry seems to be buzzing with “small cell” fever. Within the general thrust of implementing small cell outdoor cellular networks, backhaul is seen as one of the major barriers to deployment. The market for equipment used to provide backhaul to these sites can be generally evaluated by the number of micro-cellular base stations that are forecasted, along with an assessment of whether they’d be backhauled using various, more likely backhaul technologies (i.e. fiber or wireless). Figure 1shows the result of one industry forecast focused on the micro-cellular market.
The latest Status of the Global LTE TDD Market Report published by the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms a rising number of operator commitments to LTE TDD (TD-LTE) network deployments, new commercial service launches, rapid expansion in the choice of user devices and accelerating subscriber growth.
The growing appetite for on-the-go, real-time information and mobile entertainment services will see the total number of subscribers for 4G LTE and 4.5G LTE-Advanced grow to nearly 411 million and 22 million respectively by year-end 2014. ABI Research’s 4G network deployment tracker anticipates that 45 networks will have commercially launched LTE-Advanced by 4Q 2014.
LTE-Advanced network deployments are becoming a tangible reality in 2014. As of the end of 1Q 2014, ABI Research estimates there were ~60 LTE-advanced trials, commitments and commercial deployments worldwide, of which 22 commitments were from Western Europe, 16 from Asia-Pacific, and 5 from North America. In addition, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is gaining market traction in 2014, providing voice services alongside LTE mobile broadband in a reliable and profitable way.
Anritsu, a global leader in wireless telecommunications test equipment, announces that it is the market’s leading supplier of the first industry approved protocol conformance test cases for mobile devices capable of receiving evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) broadcasts.