Small Cell Networks Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Small Cell Networks Market is Segmented by Type (Femtocell, Picocell, Microcell, Metrocell) Operating Environment (Indoor, Outdoor), End-user Vertical (BFSI, IT and Telecommunications, Healthcare, Retail, Power, and Energy), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


26.82 %

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Market Overview

The small cell networks market was valued at USD 3.34 billion in 2019, and it is expected to witness a CAGR of 26.82%, over the forecast period (2020 - 2025), to reach USD 10.96 billion by 2025. The rapidly growing number of IoT devices and the capability of a small cell network to offer direct connectivity among those devices is increasing the demand for the small cell networks market.

  • Further, one of the major driving forces for this market is the growing use of a mobile network, with increasing use of data for social media, gaming, video, and live streaming. Currently, the world is moving toward 5G, which will turn the data transformation speed into real time. As a result, the demand for small cell networks will also increase.
  • As an example, in February 2019- Nokia small cells provided a new mmWave and mid-band options to ensure optimal indoor and outdoor 5G coverage.  The compact millimeter wave (mmWave) radio offers cost-effective 5G outdoor coverage of extremely high traffic areas, such as airports, stadiums, and busy pedestrian zones.
  • Moreover, the increase in demand for connected devices, such as wearable smart devices, also presents a positive outlook for the small cell network.
  • However, the increased need for managing the data is one of the restraints in the market. Data security is also expected to be a major challenge for this industry during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Small cells are generally used in densely populated urban areas, like shopping malls, sports venues, airports, and railway stations, etc.  In these places, numerous people use data at a given point, at a given time. As a result, most small cell infrastructure deployments are targeted for outdoor use today. The future of small cells looks quite promising and the operators are expected to gain indirect revenue from improved churn and loyalty. 

By Type
By Operating Environment
By End-user Vertical
IT and Telecom
Power and Energy
Other End-user Verticals
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

IT and Telecom is Expected to have Significant Share in the Market Landscape.

  • 5G is changing the cellular network infrastructure paradigm, and small cells are a key piece of this shift. Now, 4G LTE networks are increasingly using small cells as a strategic part of network planning and this will grow as operators continue to densify their 4G LTE networks and prepare for 5G.
  • IT and Telecom services are going to get significant share among the other end-users of small cell networks. According to Cisco, "by 2022, global fixed broadband speeds will reach 75.4 Mbps, up from 39 Mbps, in 2017. The same reports also stated that by 2022, global mobile devices will grow from 8.6 billion, in 2017, to 12.3 billion by 2022. Out of which, over 422 million of those will be supporting 5G.
  • Seeing the opportunity, the mobile network operators are looking for faster, better, and cost-effective solutions to upgrade and sustain their mobile backhaul links to keep abreast with the ongoing bandwidth growth and the performance related to 4G wireless services.

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Asia-Pacific Expected to Hold the Fastest Growth Rate over the Forecast Period

  • The Asia-Pacific small cell network is forecast to grow at the highest rate in the future, due to the rise in mobile data traffic. According to Cisco, Asia-Pacific will have 2.6 billion internet users by 2022, which will be up from 1.7 billion, in 2017. It is also stated that, by 2022, China will be leading the world in terms of the total number of homespots, followed by the United States and Japan. The increase in demand for Wi-Fi will support the growth of the small cell network industry.
  • The Government of India introduced the Digital India program, under which all the sectors, such as healthcare, retail, etc., are expected to be connected through the internet. Also, the Department of Information Technology of India intends to set up over 1 million internet-enabled common service centers across India, as per the National e-Governance Plan.
  • All these initiatives will help the small cell network industry to grow in the Asia-Pacific region at a higher rate.

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Competitive Landscape

The small cell network market is fragmented because of the presence of many major players, like Nokia Networks, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., AT&T Inc., among others. The competition is very between them. These companies are constantly working to upgrade their products to gain competitive advantage. The companies are executing mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and product development to introduce new products. The growing demand for AI, IOT, etc., is propelling the small cell market to work in that direction.

  • October 2018 - Samsung and Qualcomm worked together to deliver industry-leading 5G NR small cell infrastructure. They are working together to develop 5G small cells that are opening the door for massive 5G network speed, capacity, coverage, and ultra-low latency.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Evolution of Network Technology and Connectivity Devices

      2. 4.3.2 Rising Demand for Mobile Devices

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Higher Need for Managing the Network

    5. 4.5 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Femtocell

      2. 5.1.2 Picocell

      3. 5.1.3 Microcell

      4. 5.1.4 Metrocell

    2. 5.2 By Operating Environment

      1. 5.2.1 Indoor

      2. 5.2.2 Outdoor

    3. 5.3 By End-user Vertical

      1. 5.3.1 BFSI

      2. 5.3.2 IT and Telecom

      3. 5.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.3.4 Retail

      5. 5.3.5 Power and Energy

      6. 5.3.6 Other End-user Verticals

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. South Korea

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. Rest of Asia-Pacific

        2. Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

      2. 6.1.2 Nokia Networks

      3. 6.1.3 American Tower Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 ZTE Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Verizon Wireless

      7. 6.1.7 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

      8. 6.1.8 Airspan Networks Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Airvana Inc. (CommScope Inc.)

      10. 6.1.10 Cisco Systems Inc.

      11. 6.1.11 Qucell Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 AT&T Inc.

      13. 6.1.13 Cirrus Core Networks

      14. 6.1.14 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

    2. 6.2

  7. *List Not Exhaustive


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