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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 19, 2016 – A recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, revealed that non-residential Small Cell market approached $1 B, more than doubling in 2015 after tripling in 2014.

“China and the Asia Pacific region were major drivers of the surge in small cells in 2015 but what was interesting was the demand for small cell equipment was greater than we had expected outside of China as well,” said Stefan Pongratz, analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “This reflects a change in the general a
ttitude toward small cell and the role this technology will play as the carriers have exhausted all viable options on the macro network,” added Pongratz.

The report also shows the indoor small cell market improved at a faster pace than the outdoor market in 2015. Indoor small cells accounted for the greatest portion of the shipments, yet outdoor small cells accounted for the majority of the revenues (Figure 1).MobileRANFigurePR

Other highlights from Dell’Oro Group’s Quarterly Mobile RAN Report:

  • Huawei, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent were the revenue share leaders in 2015 for outdoor small cells.
  • Small Cells are expected to be the main growth engine for the overall RAN market in 2016.
  • Small cell growth is expected to remain robust in 2016, however, growth will not be sufficient to offset declining macro business and the total RAN market will undoubtedly decline in 2016.

About the Report

Dell’Oro Group’s Mobile RAN Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, transceiver or RF carrier shipments, and unit shipments for base station controllers, small cell and macro base transceiver stations for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, and Mobile WiMAX.  To purchase this report, call Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


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