How Small Cells are Transforming Mobile Networks
Cell-based mobile networks are going through a global metamorphosis — driven by the emergence of small cell technology deployments. Informa Telecoms & Media issued its latest quarterly small cell market status report, which highlights growing network operator interest in public access small cells as well as progress in the femtocell market.
Femtocells constitute over 80 percent of the 4.6 million small cells currently deployed globally across the 41 operator deployments — compared to 5.6 million conventional macrocells.
By the close of 2012, there will be 6.4 million small cells — 86 percent of which will be femtocells — thus outnumbering the predicted 6 million macrocells worldwide. Femtocells will alone outnumber all macrocells during Q1 2013.