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Global carrier WiFi infrastructure market: $11 billion industry forecast by 2018

Press Release   •   Aug 07, 2013 12:24 BST

The global carrier WiFi infrastructure market is forecast to grow to a value of around $11 billion by the end of 2018, growing at a CAGR growth rate of 40% between 2013 and 2018. The continued demand for mobile broadband services will play a critical role in maintaining the Carrier WiFi and small cell market's growth, amid a growing demand of convergent, intelligent and vendor agnostic small cell platforms by Carriers.

Fixed line carriers are capitalizing on their infrastructure investments to offer Small Cells as a Service (SCaaS). Mind Commerce expects Fixed line carriers to form an integral part of the industry's value chain representing as much as 20% of the revenue share. Cloud RAN technology will complement not and not essentially compete with small cell deployments.

WiFi and small cells deployments minimize network planning, redesign and real estate costs. Deploying them also allows carriers to avoid or minimize new frequency allocation costs. Small Cells can in many cases utilize the same frequency spectrum that carrier has allocated for its macro cell deployment, while WiFi access points utilize unlicensed spectrum.

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