Small Cell Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities

Athens, Greece, New York City, NY and Singapore, June 5, 2014 – Market research firm ExelixisNet and advisory services firm Xona Partners have released their 2014 small cell market insight report: “Small Cell Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities.” The report examines mobile operators’ plans and deployment strategies of small cells and backhaul solutions along with vendor and technology preferences. The research is based on experience gathered by operators from market trials of small cells and wireless backhaul solutions conducted to evaluate the ecosystem deployment readiness and impact of small cell roll-out on operator financials and network performance.

Elias Aravantinos, Lead Analyst at ExelixisNet commented “In the past three years market forecasts of small cells have been high. Yet, to date, only a fraction of the forecasted numbers has materialized. One would ask: what is the hold up? Today, operators have a wide variety of small-cell solutions at their disposal. The result is a long evaluation cycle to converge on a best-fit solution. This has not dissuaded operators in the USA from testing multiple solutions in contrast to operators in other regions who are focused on a singular technology. While the end result has been the same, the first mover will establish a new manifesto around how networks will be built in the future. This is disruptive for small cell equipment vendors.”

Small Cell Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities – Highlights

Frank Rayal, Partner at Xona Partners added, “Heterogeneous networks have been taken for granted as a necessary path to increase wireless capacity. Small cells have been a catalyst for a wave of capital investment and innovation that will define the networks of the future. Yet, small-cell deployments have lagged market expectations. In our research, we take a discerning look at small cells from multiple angles to identify the challenges that have forestalled deployments and the opportunities available to the wireless ecosystem to capitalize on critical gaps that must be addressed in order to realize scalable small cell deployments”

“Small Cell Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities” – a global status report runs over 50 pages providing answers from the perspective of leading operators on fundamental questions to small cell deployments such as:

For more information or report inquiry please contact Elias Aravantinos


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About Xona Partners

Xona Partners is a boutique advisory services firm specialized in telecom, media and technology. Founded by a team of renowned technologists and startup founders, managing directors in global ventures, and investment advisors, Xona draws on its founders cross-functional expertise to offer a unique multi-disciplinary integrative technology and investment advisory service to private equity, venture funds, and technology companies that includes pre-investment due-diligence, post-investment full-lifecycle management and new-revenue generation. Xona operates from four regional hubs in San Francisco, Singapore, Dubai and Paris.