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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 1, 2017 – According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, the Small Cell Radio market continued to be the bright spot during 1H17 — advancing at a double-digit pace — in the otherwise gloomy RAN market. In rank order, Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, and Samsung accounting for over 90 percent of the Small Cell market in IH17.

“It is no longer a question if carriers are shifting CAPEX from macro to small cells. Now the question is how quick it is happening and what is the impact on vendor shares,” said Stefan Pongratz, Senior Analyst with Dell’Oro Group. “While the pace of small cell growth remains impressive —2Q17 was the sixteenth consecutive quarter of greater than 50 percent year-over-year shipment growth — RAN vendors with macro solutions accounted for more than 90 percent of the combined indoor and outdoor Small Cell market during 1H17. Huawei, Nokia, and Ericsson accounted for more than 70 percent of this market during that time,” continued Pongratz.

Dell’Oro Group’s Mobile RAN research (which includes both Quarterly and 5-Year Forecast reports) highlights other key small cell trends, including:

  • Small cell vendor share splits between picos and micros.
  • Small cell vendor share splits between 3G and 4G.
  • What role will small cells play as the carriers start rolling out 5G?
  • What is the impact of new frequency bands such as the CBRS band?

About the Report

Dell’Oro Group’s Mobile RAN Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the non-residential small cell market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and unit small cell shipments for pico and micro WCDMA, LTE, LTE FDD, LTE TDD, and 5G small cells. To purchase these reports, call Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


Dell’Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications infrastructure, networks infrastructure, and data center IT markets.  Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.  For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit