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Despite vendors’ best efforts to encourage small cell adoption, only a handful of large-scale deployments have so far been implemented or planned. However, there are signs that market momentum may be building.


  • The fact that vendors are willing to make investments in the small cell market is a vote of confidence in the prospects for small cell technology.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand, evaluate, and compare the strategies of the various vendors in the small cell market.
  • Follow technological advances in small cells and how these will impact the market

Key questions answered

  • How should we best define small cells given the introduction of new classifications and form factors?
  • Which operators are pushing ahead with large-scale deployments of small cells?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • Small cells can be many different things
  • Vendor activity and market consolidation
  • Early signs that operators may be scaling up their deployment plans

Market dynamics

  • Packaged solutions are lowering the barriers to small cell deployments
  • Growth in metro cell market still hampered by challenges
  • Enterprises are expected to drive demand
  • Small cell technology is advancing
  • Conditions for small cell deployments are becoming more favorable

Market outlook

  • 5G and mobile edge computing will be drivers for small cells


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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