AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 09/16/13 -- Mobile bandwidth demand is rapidly increasing around the world. In North America, iGR expects that by 2017 the consumption of mobile data per month will increase more than six times over its level in 2012. But, the deeper issue gets lost in this statistic. Within any given geographic market, there will be locations where the mobile data network will be unable to meet the average level of data demand simply due to the congregation of large numbers of users.
iGR has modeled the bandwidth demands and network capacity for several markets and shown that 'pain points' exist in the network. To address this problem, mobile operators have to deploy new network capacity at these specific locations to address the demand at certain times during the day. This is the ideal application for small cells (including remote radio heads, DAS, WiFi and pico/metrocells), which provide added capacity at specific locations.
While there are challenges to small cell deployment (cost, location and the availability of suitable backhaul), iGR believes their wide spread deployment is inevitable and that the industry will solve the implementation issues. For the mobile operator, flexibility will be required when designing and building small cell networks.
iGR's new white paper, Fronthaul: The New Paradigm for Enabling the Het-Net, is available for free and describes fronthaul and backhaul solutions used in a Het-Net solution that includes Remote Radio Heads (RRHs). The white paper also describes in detail a deployment in South Korea, where the mobile operator used SOLiD networking equipment and extensive use of existing 3G fiber backhaul to reduce the time required to launch LTE.
"Mobile operators are exploring myriad strategies that enable them to place radios closer to where smartphone users are to achieve network densification," said Seth Buechley, President of SOLiD. "The deployment of Remote Radio Heads and fiber fronthaul transport by an innovator such as SK Telecom demonstrates the advantages of this network architecture and provides a sample blueprint for how US-based wireless carriers are likely to implement the Het-Net."
"The importance of providing a quality fronthaul/backhaul connection to a small cell cannot be overemphasized," said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry. "The success, or failure, of the het-net and small cell architecture depends on the operator's ability to deploy fronthaul and backhaul that is appropriate to both the immediate data demand and what is forecasted."
For the mobile operators, there are several economic drivers supporting the combination of RRH, fronthaul/backhaul and base station 'hoteling':
iGR is a market strategy consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile communications industry. Founded by Iain Gillott, one of the wireless industry's leading analysts, in late 2000 as iGillottResearch, iGR is now entering its thirteenth year of operation. iGR continuously researches emerging and existent technologies, technology industries, and consumer markets. We use our detailed research to offer a range of services to help companies improve their position in the marketplace, clearly define their future direction, and ultimately improve their bottom line.
iGR researches a range of wireless and mobile products and technologies, including: smartphones; tablets; mobile applications; bandwidth demand and use; small cell architectures; DAS; LTE; VoLTE; IMS; NFC; GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSPA; CDMA 1x/EV-DO; iDEN; SIP; macro-, pico- and femtocells; mobile backhaul; WiFi and WiFi offload; and SIM and UICC.
A more complete profile of the company can be found at www.igr-inc.com.