Thursday 11 December 2014

Small Cells and WiFi Forecast 2013 - 2019

We had this last set of forecasts back in February, here is a new one up to 2019/20.

The slides and the video is embedded below but I want to mention few things here. The first being that in the last year (or since the beginning of this year) the main change that has occurred is the availability of Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi), either as native or as an app, has become a commonplace. What this means that some small cells deployments are no longer high priority and has been pushed back.

On the other hand some operators are conscious that small cells can provide a better QoS than WiFi hence they are going ahead with Small cells deployments.

Anyway, Slides and Video as follows:

Please feel free to leave your opinions in the comments below.


  1. Frank Rayal (via Small Cells World Series Linkedin group)12 December 2014 at 20:01

    This is a great presentation... The question I have is can 5G or some evolution over LTE/LTE-A push small cell deployments even further out into the future? Especially for the outdoor small cells? Caroline shows a dip in deployments, but makes me wonder on the possibility of the entire forecast shifting to the right significantly!

  2. Frank, while 5G is not yet defined, I have a feeling that WiFi would be fulfilling that role soon; of pushing some of the small cell deployments further out into the future.