The heterogeneous networks (HetNets) market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 62.22% over the next six years, increasing from a valuation of $880.73 million in 2012, to hit a market value of $16.04 billion by 2018.
Major forces set to drive growth within the industry include the growth in mobile data traffic, and the reduction in cost through mobile data offload and lack of available spectrum. At the same time, opportunities for delivering additional capacity & coverage, cost effectively within the mobile network will continue to drive the growth of HetNets market.
A heterogeneous network is a network connecting computers and other devices with different operating systems and/or protocols. For example, local area networks (LANs) that connect Microsoft Windows and Linux based personal computers with Apple Macintosh computers are heterogeneous.
The word heterogeneous network is also used in wireless networks using different access technologies. For example, a wireless network which provides a service through a wireless LAN and is able to maintain the service when switching to a cellular network is called a wireless heterogeneous network.
Reference to a HetNet often indicates the use of multiple types of access nodes in a wireless network. A Wide Area Network can use macrocells, picocells, and/or femtocells in order to offer wireless coverage in an environment with a wide variety of wireless coverage zones, ranging from an open outdoor environment to office buildings, homes, and underground areas.
Mobile Experts defines the HetNet as a network with complex interoperation between macrocell, small cell, and in some cases WiFi network elements used together to provide a mosaic of coverage, with handoff capability between network elements.
Being a complex interoperation between macro cells, small cells and Wi-Fi network elements; HetNets are to set to help mobile operators in enabling innovative network deployment models and to provide high quality of experience for customers.
HetNets, not just provide a cost effective solution to cope with the increasing demand in mobile data, but also caters to the increasing need for hot spot distribution and spectral efficiency.
Key players currently dominating the HetNets market include companies such as Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm.
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