Will achieving the vision of efficient and flexible 5G wireless networks be a major leap or a series of incremental steps?
This is the question vexing wireless network operators around the world, many of whom are banking on the latter by harnessing technologies which are already in use.
Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets), together with LTE-Advanced, virtualization, WiFi, and high frequency spectrum are just some of the solutions for possible 5G network implementation.
But how solid are HetNets’ promise of seamless pools of network capacity and coverage? And are HetNets really a more flexible and cost-efficient alternative to traditional architectures?
Among other topics, these questions are analyzed in the “HetNet Deployments & Key Trends 2015-2020” report. Produced by Rider Research partner, Rethink Research, it consists of 8 tables with 14 pages of accompanying commentary.
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Set out in an accessible format, it is a clear and detailed forecast of HetNets’ realistic evolution. Among others, this report:
* Explains how HetNets are in the very early stages of development and the different approaches to them;
* Analyzes why the heterogeneous network will be deployed across multiple frequency bands, cell sizes and air interfaces, all integrated at various points (OSS, packet core, RAN);
* Recognizes that the types of technologies being deployed, especially in the small cell sites, will proliferate. This means there are forecasts not just for conventional small cells and WiFi hotspots, but also NFV-based virtualized small cells and DAS (distributed antenna system) nodes;
* Forecasts densification being an important aspect of the trend, and shows how the number of small cells being deployed per macrocell, with full interworking, is an important data point here;
* Breaks down the current and future installed base of multilayer networks by a combination of frequency bands and of air interface technologies, as well as by region.
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Tables in HetNet Deployments & Key Trends 2015-2020
RAN Cell Deployments by Region, Macro & Small Cell Layers (small cells exclude private residential and private enterprise)
Table 1: LTE or multimode macro layer base station deployments and upgrades, inc software, by region
Table 2: Deployments and upgrades of small cells, cellular-only and cellular/WiFi by region
RAN Cell Installed Base by Region, Macro & Small Cell Layers
Table 3: LTE or multimode macro layer base station installed base
Table 4: Small cell installed base by region, cellular-only and multimode
Table 5: New deployments of other equipment into small cell sites, by location
Table 6: Small cell deployments by density
Table 7: Small cell installed base – shared or separate band
Table 8: Small cell installed base – interworking with other layers
This report is one part of 10 modules of RAN research (about small cells, HetNets, optimization, MVNOs & virtualization) being published over the next few months. Each module contains between six and 10 data tables plus regional breakdown, with accompanying commentary consisting of graphs and concise commentary on the assumptions underlying the forecasts, and the key factors driving them. The assumptions and forecasts are based on primary research, updated twice-yearly, which focuses on Rethink’s core research base of the top 76 mobile operator groups worldwide (some groups have multiple national subsidiaries). Forecasts are then categorized by network topology, spectrum band, spectrum mode, region and other factors.
Who should read “HetNet Deployments & Key Trends 2015-2020”?
This is essential information and analysis for mobile and converged operators; telco and cellco hardware and software vendors; suppliers into the wider wireless networks eco-system, including components suppliers and vertical market integrators; also investors in these areas, and professional institutions whose members will be affected by the shifts and changes in the 5G, RAN deployment, small cell, HetNet and virtualization markets.
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