Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mobile - Global femtocell subscriber base to reach 75.8 million by 2015

[prweb] The global market for femtocells is expected to witness robust growth given the ongoing trend among mobile operators to shift to smaller access points from large base stations. The market for affordable and smaller cells is expected to find increased demand, as against expensive micro and macro base stations, owing to enhanced focus on countering the impact of economic recession. In this regard, femtocells, microcells, and picocells offer low-cost indoor mobile phone coverage services. Femtocells operate in equal frequencies and in similar way as large tower micro and macro base stations that operate through a cable-modem broadband Internet service or DSL, to address the needs of small spaces.

North America and Europe account for about 60% share of total number of subscribers in the global femtocells market, as stated by the new market research report on femtocells market. The number of femtocell subscriptions is projected to witness rapid expansion due to the growing demand for improved 3G-coverage in indoor settings. Rapid rise in the worldwide mobile subscriber base also presents vast growth opportunities for the niche femtocells market. The market for solutions such as femtocells, remote radio units and pico base stations is also driven by the migration of global wireless carriers towards advanced 3.5G networks. Such a migration contributes to the demand for supporting 41-45 dBm at antenna mast to ensure provision of HSUPA and HSPDA coverage in indoor settings.

Femtocell shipments to North America are expected to witness rapid growth, driven by the growing consumer demand for improved coverage in indoor surroundings. On the other hand, converged services, integrated triple-play set top boxes, and advanced applications are expected to be the driving forces for the femtocells market in majority of the European and Asian countries. The number of subscribers in the North American femtocells market is anticipated to reach 10.3 million by 2014.

The femtocell market faces numerous challenges due to factors such as cost, business model, multimodality, air interface, technology, network integration, route-to-market, semiconductor approach, RF interference, improving coverage, and interop testing. Another key challenge for the development of femtocells is the fact that Wi-Fi technology is widely used in majority of the smartphones and PCs, which prevents consumers from migrating towards the relatively new femtocell technology.
Key players profiled in the report include 2Wire Inc., Airvana Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Ip.Access Ltd., Motorola Inc., NEC Corporation, NETGEAR Inc., Nokia Siemens Networks, picoChip, Pirelli Broadband Solutions SPA, RadioFrame Networks Inc., and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Global Femtocell Subscriber Base to Reach 75.8 Million by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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