Outlook on the 5G Capacity and Coverage Optimization Global Market to 2026 – Featuring Airgain, Airspan and TE Connectivity Among Others

DUBLIN, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The “5G Capacity and Coverage Optimization Market: Smart Antennas, Distributed Antenna Systems, Self-Organizing Networks, Small Cells and Carrier WiFi 2021 – 2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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This research assesses the cellular capacity and coverage optimization market for LTE and 5G networks. It analyzes RF technologies including smart antennas and DAS as well as optimization techniques involving radio control systems. It also evaluates technologies and strategies for network densification including small cells and carrier WiFi. It provides forecasts for each major area from 2021 to 2026.

Purchasers of this research at the Multi-user License level or greater will also receive at no additional cost Private Wireless Networks Market by LTE, 5G, and Edge Computing in Enterprise, Industrial, and Government Solutions 2021 – 2026, which evaluates 5G NR and the market outlook for MNO and VNO to offer private IoT networks for the benefit of industrial automation and mission-critical enterprise applications and services. The report evaluates major players, technologies, and solutions.

Select Findings:

  • Global multi-vendor SON platform market will reach $8.3 billion by 2026
  • DAS market associated with 5G smart antennas will reach $6.51 billion by 2026
  • Neutral hosts and private networks will be the fastest growing market opportunities
  • Global small cell will reach $5.7 billion by 2026, driven by outdoor densification and indoor penetration solutions
  • Global carrier WiFi will reach $4.2 billion by 2026 with Asia Pac leading followed by North America and Europe, driven in part by WiFi6 upgrades
  • Increasing demand for enhanced mobile broadband capacity and coverage will continue to play a substantial role in carrier WiFi and small cell market’s growth

5G will bring about fundamental structural economic changes, such as significantly lower broadband pricing as a whole, and also much greater flexibility for enterprise, industrial, and government market segments in terms of how they connect public to private networks.

A Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) that is based on a combination of cellular small cells, macro cells and carrier Wi-Fi is expected to play a pivotal role in addressing the capacity needs for such a traffic surge in the mobile networks. HetNets are important drivers for the evolution of LTE and critical for 5G networks, which rely upon a greater number of shorter-range radio units for continuous communications.

Physics dictates that higher frequencies need more power and/or more coverage as an RF signal fades more than a lower frequency signal. This is why there will need to be at least an order of magnitude more antennas than required for LTE. Putting this into perspective, the United States will go from roughly 30,000 antennas to 300,000 or more nationally.

5G antennas will be found virtually everywhere in metropolitan areas, but it will not be enough. While dramatically increased coverage will surely support many early 5G applications, such as fixed wireless (ISP alternative, back-haul, and front haul), it will not be enough to support continuous 5G mobility coverage. This will be vitally important for certain applications such as self-driving cars and connected vehicle services.

In terms of deploying radio access network infrastructure, carriers seek to leverage cloud RAN topologies that include centralization of baseband processing units (BBU) that may serve multiple remote radio heads. This facilitates the control of BBU for many different sites on a remote basis. This type of 5G densification strategy optimizes resource utilization and provides various operational improvements such as the ability to upgrade BBUs for different sites without the need to dispatch personnel to each site.

Driven by the growing surge for mobile broadband, carriers worldwide are investing in WiFi and small cells as part of HetNet infrastructure to expand network capacity and coverage. Not only do WiFi and small cell deployments minimize network planning, redesign and real estate costs, they also allow carriers to avoid or minimize new frequency allocation costs. In many cases, small cells can utilize the same frequency spectrum that carriers have allocated for macro cell deployment, while WiFi access points leverage unlicensed spectrum.

The associated savings in both capital expenditures and operational expenses, combined with higher throughput rates, make WiFi and small cells a necessity for mobile network operators worldwide. We expect the carrier WiFi and small cells infrastructure market will grow at a brisk rate over the next ten years. However, the market still faces a number of serious challenges including but not limited to interference management, optimization and backhaul.

Smart antenna arrays use Multiple Input / Multiple Output (MIMO) at both the source (transmitter) and the destination (receiver) to improve signal quality. This is in contrast to non-array systems in which a single antenna (and signal path) is used at the source and the destination. The market for smart antennas is nothing new as they provide efficient coverage for 2G, 3G, and LTE. However, 5G smart antennas will be necessary to provide mobility support for many new and enhanced apps and services such as virtual reality, self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and voice over 5G.

Smart antennas will improve 5G coverage and optimize capacity by focusing RF signals where they are needed the most. In addition, smart antennas enhance 5G application and service mobility by facilitating a more continuous connection, which may become particularly useful at 5G coverage seams. Otherwise, a 5G enabled user experience may degrade as hand-over from 5G to LTE occurs.

5G cellular networks promise to improve many aspects of wireless communications, supporting enhanced mobile services, greater scalability for IoT systems, and ultra-reliable communications for mission-critical applications. A portion of these benefits will be based on the evolution of 4G LTE technologies as well as unique capabilities enabled by 5G New Radio (5GNR), based on the new infrastructure supporting millimeter wave (mmWave) RAN equipment.

DAS represents a network of spatially separated antenna nodes, connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or structure. DAS leverages Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, which allows networks to take advantage of multiple signals as a means of optimizing wireless communications.

A DAS installation includes antennas, control boxes, and fiber optics connected to a hub. These Nodes include small antennas that unobtrusively blend into their environment. Often deployed at existing public infrastructure (such as utility poles, light posts, and traffic signals), DAS networks rely upon the ability to seamlessly blend into their environment, which may be outdoor or indoors.

Relevant to DAS, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology commercially started with 802.11n, which has gained strong acceptance in networks with the launch of WiMAX and LTE operations. DAS will also be a very important component of 5G networks along with smart antennas, which rely upon certain RF propagation techniques such as beam-forming.

A key driver for improving OSS for LTE and 5G systems, the Self Organizing Network (SON) has been introduced as part of the network framework. We see SON having a dramatically positive effect on network operations and OSS.

SON is largely a software-only solution today. In other words, SON is not a physical solution (such as Remote Electrical Tilt solutions). Mobile optimization comes in many forms ranging from RF to QoS for data management and applications. SON and related technologies/solutions fill a key role as it provides the ability to provide both static and near real-time information. It is important to note that smart antennas, DAS, and cloud RAN are all in the same family of optimizing operations, but not considered all part of SON.

It is also important to recognize that smart antennas, DAS, and cloud RAN are all in the same family of optimizing operations, and while related (in the network optimization family), are not considered part of SON in the strictest sense. Working hand-in-hand with SON to optimize wireless networks, smart antennas provide simultaneous and efficient coverage for 2G, 3G, and LTE. This translates into higher throughput and improved coverage for when and where customers need it. While this is helpful in terms of pre-5G optimization, it will arguably become critical for the support of 5G network optimization and support for true 5G mobility with a continuous connection within a given coverage area.

Key Topics Covered:

5G Smart Antenna Market by Type (Switched Multi-Beam Antenna and Adaptive Array Antenna), Technology (SIMO, MISO, and MIMO), Use Case, Application, and Region 2021 – 2026

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Technology and Application Analysis
  4. 5G Smart Antenna Market Dynamics
  5. 5G Smart Antenna Ecosystem Analysis
  6. 5G Smart Antenna Market Analysis and Forecasts
  7. Conclusions and Recommendations

Distributed Antenna System Market by Technology, Type (Active, Passive, Hybrid), Coverage (Outdoor and Indoor), Operator (Carrier, Enterprise, Neutral Host) and Industry Vertical 2021 – 2026

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction to Distributed Antenna Systems
  3. DAS Ecosystem
  4. DAS Companies and Solutions
  5. DAS Market Analysis and Forecasts 2021 – 2026
  6. Conclusions and Recommendations

5G Network Densification Market by Location (Indoor & Outdoor), Spectrum Band, Small Cells and Carrier WiFi 2021 – 2026

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Carrier WiFi and Small Cell Technology
  3. 5G Network Planning and Densification
  4. Business Case for the Carrier WiFi and Small Cells
  5. Major Carrier WiFi and Small Cell Deployments
  6. Vendor Landscape
  7. Strategies for Deployment and Operations
  8. 5G Network Densification Market Analysis and Forecasts

Self Organizing Network Market by Technology, Infrastructure, Solutions, and Services 2021 – 2026

  1. Executive Summary
  2. SON Technology Overview
  3. SON Use Cases and Market Status
  4. SON and Smart Antennas
  5. SON Business Value
  6. SON Vendor Landscape
  7. Self Organizing Network Market Analysis and Forecasts

Companies Mentioned

  • Airgain Inc.
  • Airhop Communications
  • Airspan
  • Airvana
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
  • Amdocs
  • American Tower Corporation
  • Andrew
  • ANSYS Inc.
  • Aptilo Networks
  • Arcadyan Technology Corporation
  • Argela
  • ArrayComm LLC
  • Aruba Networks
  • Ascom Holding AG
  • AT&T Mobility
  • AT&T’s Antenna Solutions Group (ASG)
  • Aviat Networks
  • Axell
  • BLiNQ Networks
  • Boingo Wireless
  • Broadcom Inc.
  • Bwtech
  • California Amplifier Inc.
  • Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd.
  • Casa Systems
  • Ccs (Cambridge Communication Systems) Ltd.
  • Cellwize Wireless Technologies Pte Ltd.
  • China Mobile
  • Cisco
  • Cobham Antenna Systems
  • Comarch
  • Comba Telecom Systems Holding
  • Comcast
  • Commscope
  • Contela
  • Corning
  • Crown Castle
  • Dali Wireless
  • DAS Simplified
  • Eircom
  • Ericsson
  • Essentia
  • FoxCom
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • iBwave
  • InSite Wireless
  • Intel Corporation
  • ip.access
  • iWireless
  • Juniper Networks
  • KDDI
  • Korea Telecom
  • Laird Technologies
  • Legrand
  • Leica Geosystems AG
  • Linx Technologies
  • LOCOSYS Technology Inc.
  • MediaTek Inc.
  • Mera
  • Microlab, FX
  • Motorola Solutions Inc.
  • NEC Corporation
  • Nokia Corporation
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Optical Telecom
  • Optus Australia
  • P.I. Works
  • PCTEL Inc.
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • RadiSys Corporation
  • Reliance Communications
  • Reverb Networks
  • Rohde & Schwarz
  • Ruckus Networks
  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
  • SFR France
  • Siemens AG
  • Sierra Wireless (Accel Networks)
  • SingTel
  • SK Telecom
  • Smart Antenna Technologies Ltd
  • Softbank Japan
  • SOLiD
  • Sprint (T-Mobile)
  • T-Mobile
  • TCS
  • TE Connectivity
  • Telefonica O2 UK
  • Teoco Corporation
  • Tim Brasil
  • Tyco (TE Connectivity)
  • U.S Cellular
  • US Cellular
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Viavi Solutions
  • Vodafone
  • Westell
  • Zain Bahrain
  • Zain Saudi Arabia
  • ZHEJIANG JC Antenna Co. Ltd.
  • ZTE Corporation

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