Enterprises increasingly use femtocells to expand wireless coverage
Enterprise use of femtocells, which are small, low-power base stations that beef up indoor wireless coverage, is driving growth in the femtocell gear market, according to the latest stats from Infonetics Research.
The global enterprise and residential femtocell gear market growth is being driven by demand for 4G LTE technology, Infonetics observed.
After acquiring Ubiquisys earlier this year, Cisco jumped to the top of the enterprise and residential femtocell revenue leader board, followed by Airvana, according to Infonetics data.
Integrated femtocells are expected to account for nearly half of all femtocell units shipped in 2017.
"Sales of 3G femtocells still dominate the market, despite the focus of vendors on 4G," noted Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and carrier Wi-Fi at Infonetics Research. "Residential femtocells still account for the bulk of the market, though from this point forward we will see increasing adoption of femtocells from the enterprise segment, which is a key focus for a growing number of operators."
In a report released in July, ABI Research predicted that enterprises and consumer femtocell shipments will reach 5.7 million units in 2014, compared to 3.8 million units this year. ABI agrees with Infonetics that the 4G LTE femtocell shipments will drive the overall market.
AT&T, Vodafone, Telefonica, Softbank and Sprint have been driving shipments in both enterprise and residential settings, ABI noted. AT&T in particular has been leading the way with the largest scale femtocell deployment in the world, according to Infonetics.