Demand for Better Services over LTE Driving Growth in Small Cells
May 03, 2012
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
The need for operators to bring new base stations online for better service over LTE (News - Alert) networks is expected to push the Ethernet microwave industry through a five-year growth spurt. By the year 2016, the small cells market is expected to go to $11 billion or beyond, according to a report from Maravedis (News - Alert)-Rethink.
A recent report outlines that pure packet traffic hit double digits and is on a continued growth pattern. Most small cells vendors have experienced a run on 60-80 GHz band outdoor radios. The popularity of this solution has caught the attention of the larger vendors who are coming to the E-band arena to jump on the small cells revenue projection growth.
A forecast shared by Infonetics Research (News - Alert) suggests that most telecoms are focusing on deploying small cells in the urban core. By next year, 3G small cells will make up as much as 63 percent of global small cell shipments. It’s estimated that by 2015, 4G small cell shipments will have surpassed the shipments of 3G small cells.
In the past, small cells were used primarily to boost voice coverage, but their use is expanding as the need for bandwidth increases beyond previous expectations. Taqua, a next generation telecommunication systems and application developer, is a supplier of deployment solutions for small cells.
Taqua (News - Alert) has given many companies the cost-effective option of adding small cells to their list of solutions to bring better service to their clients. Small cells are helping operators bring the backhaul to networks that are under the strain of a massive amount of mobile users who are sapping the bandwidth out of the network. Taqua is coming to table with its array of solutions for small cells being deployed to help alleviate the bandwidth issues.
Previously, the deployment of small cells was inhibited by cost and flexibility. Much of the flexibility had to do with line-of-sight requirements of most deployments using small cells. However, Taqua’s solution includes a W-Series non-line-of-sight (NLOS) solution that can offer up connectivity to the small cells of any vendor.
Taqua has developed a remote backhaul module that is operated over the Ethernet and makes this non-line-of-sight option a possibility for small cells. Through this Ethernet connection, Taqua’s solution connects the hub to the carrier’s backhaul network. Many, many clusters can be situated as a network, yet managed by on user interface.
Each of the hubs established through Taqua’s technology can generate about 60Mbps throughput. A migration path, however, can be deployed to bring the bandwidth Mbps to the hundreds, and meet the growing demand for greater accessibility and connectivity in the global, always-on world.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca