Small cell backhaul solution refers to a set of equipments and services utilized to build a high capacity 3G/4G/LTE network for reliable communication infrastructure. The small cell technology solutions help operators to complement their existing network infrastructure by adding capacity with widespread coverage, supporting increased data traffic with no dropped calls, and high-speed data connections. Overall, it supports global operators to deal with multiple factors such as, coverage, capacity, scalability, security, and quality of service. Small cell backhaul solutions have emerged along with the macro-cellular environment they reinforce. They support the sophistication of available communication network infrastructure to suit the changing customer needs and business models enabling efficient delivery of high-speed data services.
Small cells enable ubiquitous, voice, and data communication services around the world and the backhaul solutions provide a foundation to ensure effective operability of network communication systems. The small cell backhaul solutions deliver operational simplicity for increased cell sites through a dependable, scalable infrastructure. In the small cell backhaul market report, MarketsandMarkets segments the market on the basis of access technology generation, transmission medium, backhaul technology, services, and regions.
Network operators are leveraging the small cell technology to support the increasing volume of wireless data traffic thus, enriching user experience and reducing churn. Small cells deployment is easing pressure on existing macro cells network by providing traffic offload and efficient use of limited spectrum frequencies. But, along with small cells efficient backhaul network is also required to carry the huge bandwidth of data and support the delivery of operator’s services. The report analyzes the adoption of the backhaul solutions across the indoor and outdoor small cell deployments.
The small cell backhaul market is segmented by access technology generation into 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE. The backhaul solutions are being adopted by network operators to complement the access technologies and cater to the surging data and speed demands caused due to the mobile technology penetration and rapid uptake of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, and other handheld devices.
Vendors around the world are utilizing their core expertise to design and provide customized backhaul solutions leveraging on wired or wireless transmission medium. Traditionally, wired backhaul solutions utilizing copper and fiber technology were used but with operators providing network coverage in far flung areas, wireless backhaul solutions have emerged to be the preferred choice. Wireless backhaul solutions are cost effective and efficient in connecting small cells base stations in remote areas, helping operators boost their network coverage and capacity to meet the surging data demand. The report analyzes the adoption of these solutions based on the transmission medium employed.
Global operators are strategically analyzing the small cell backhauling techniques for their existing as well as newly build networks to ensure pervasive coverage and increased capacity for their subscribers. With the advent of technology, a range of backhaul solutions utilizing millimeter wave (30 - 300 GHz), microwave (6 - 60 GHz), Sub-6 GHz (less than 6 GHz), and satellite frequency ranges along with the conventional copper and fiber solutions are available. The report analyzes the adoption of these backhaul technologies as no one solution is the best suit across all small cell deployments.
The small cell backhaul market is segmented on the basis of services into network, integration, and professional services. Network services include small cell network planning, deployment, optimization, and maintenance. The network services help in effective and efficient deployment of backhaul solutions, and streamline the integration process. To make a best-fit solution available to operators, integration services are also being offered by backhaul solution vendors. Professional services include training and consulting services to operators enabling access to industry expertise. In the competitive small cell backhaul ecosystem, the market players are investing in acquisitions and new technologies to offer innovative value additions to their existing product portfolio. The report analyses the small cell backhaul deployment on the basis of above services.
The report also analyzes the small cell backhaul market for the regions of North America (NA), Europe (EU), Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America (LA). MarketsandMarkets has assumed certain factors related to economy, technological development, investment, market saturation, and government regulations among others for market sizing and forecasting.