Remote Radio Heads

Remote radio heads (RRHs) have become one of the most important subsystems of today’s new distributed base stations. The remote radio head contains the base station's RF circuitry plus analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converters and up/down converters. RRHs also have operation and management processing capabilities and a standardized optical interface to connect to the rest of the base station. This will be increasingly true as LTE and WiMAX are deployed. Remote radio heads make MIMO operation easier; they increase a base station's efficiency and facilitate easier physical location for gap coverage problems. RRHs will use the latest RF component technology including GaN RF power devices and envelope tracking technology within the RRH RFPA.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Remote Radio Heads and the Revolution in Base Station Design
      • 1.1.1. Definition of a Remote Radio Head
      • 1.1.2. The Advantages of Using Remote Radio Heads
      • 1.1.3. Remote Radio Head Configurations
      • 1.1.4. Modern RRH Networks
    • 1.2. The Remote Radio Head Market
      • 1.2.1. Remote Radio Head Forecast and Growth Potential
      • 1.2.2. Remote Radio Head Vendor Considerations
      • 1.2.3. Remote Radio Head Market Summary
  • 2. TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
    • 2.1. Introduction to Remote Radio Heads
      • 2.1.1. What is a Remote Radio Head?
      • 2.1.2. Benefits of Remote Radio Heads
    • 2.2. RF Power Amplifier Considerations
      • 2.2.1. Linearity and Efficiency
      • 2.2.2. RF Power Semiconductors for RRH Use
    • 2.3. LNA Considerations
    • 2.4. Digital and Interface Components
      • 2.4.1. CPRI and OBSAI
      • 2.4.2. CPRI
      • 2.4.3. OBSAI
    • 2.5. A Word about SDR and Remote Radio Heads
    • 2.6. Remote Radio Head Configurations
      • 2.6.1. Frequency
      • 2.6.2. Power Output
      • 2.6.3. Air Interfaces
      • 2.6.4. MIMO (Diversity)
      • 2.6.5. Multi-sector Operation
      • 2.6.6. Modularized RRHs
      • 2.6.7. Cloud RAN and Other Advanced Topologies
    • 2.7. Remote Radio Head Physical Characteristics
    • 2.8. Active and Integrated Antennas
      • 2.8.1. What are Active and Integrated Antennas?
      • 2.8.2. Active/Integrated Antennas and RRHs
  • 3. MARKET ISSUES
    • 3.1. Market Overview
      • 3.1.1. Change from Previous ABI Research RRH Reports
    • 3.2. The Remote Radio Head Analysis and Forecast
      • 3.2.1. Analysis and Forecast Methodology
      • 3.2.2. Total Remote Radio Head Shipments and Revenue
      • 3.2.3. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Air Interface
      • 3.2.4. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Frequency
      • 3.2.5. Remote Radio Shipments by RF Power Output
      • 3.2.6. Remote Radio Head Shipments, Standalone versus System Based
      • 3.2.7. Remote Radio Head shipments by Interface, CPRI versus OBSAI
      • 3.2.8. Remote Radio Head Revenue by RFPA Device Technology
      • 3.2.9. Remote Radio Head Shipments; SDR versus Conventional
      • 3.2.10. Remote Radio Head Market Share by Vendor
      • 3.2.11. Remote Radio Heads and Integrated and Active Antennas
  • 4. COMPANY PROFILES
    • 4.1. AceAxis
      • 4.1.1. AceAxis Profile and Analysis
    • 4.2. Alcatel-Lucent
      • 4.2.1. Alcatel-Lucent Profile and Analysis
    • 4.3. Analog Devices, Inc.
      • 4.3.1. Analog Devices, Inc. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.4. Andrew (CommScope, Inc.)
      • 4.4.1. Andrew (CommScope, Inc.) Profile and Analysis
    • 4.5. Bravo Tech, Inc.
      • 4.5.1. Bravo Tech, Inc. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.6. Ericsson AB
      • 4.6.1. Ericsson AB Profile and Analysis
    • 4.7. Hitachi, Ltd.
      • 4.7.1. Hitachi Ltd. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.8. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
      • 4.8.1. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.9. MTI Radiocomp
      • 4.9.1. MTI Radiocomp Profile and Analysis
    • 4.10. NEC Corporation
      • 4.10.1. NEC Corporation Profile and Analysis
    • 4.11. Nokia Siemens Networks
      • 4.11.1. Nokia Siemens Networks Profile and Analysis
    • 4.12. Powerwave Technologies, Inc.
      • 4.12.1. Powerwave Technologies, Inc. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.13. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
      • 4.13.1. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.14. Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
      • 4.14.1. Sumitomo Electric industries, Ltd. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.15. TE Connectivity Ltd. (ADC)
      • 4.15.1. TE Connectivity (ADC) Profile and Analysis
    • 4.16. Xilinx, Inc.
      • 4.16.1. Xilinx, Inc. Profile and Analysis
    • 4.17. ZTE Corp.
      • 4.17.1. ZTE Corp. Profile and Analysis
  • 5. COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • 6. ACRONYMS
  • 7. TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. Total Remote Radio Head Shipments, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  2. Total Remote Radio Head Revenue, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  3. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Air Interface, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  4. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Frequency, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  5. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RF Power Output, World Market: 2012
  6. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RF Power Output, World Market: 2018
  7. Remote Radio Head Shipments, Standalone Versus System Based, World Market: 2012
  8. Remote Radio Head Shipments, Standalone Versus System Based, World Market: 2018
  9. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Interface, CPRI versus OBSAI, World Market: 2012
  10. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Interface, CPRI versus OBSAI, World Market: 2018
  11. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RFPA Device Technology, World Market: 2012
  12. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RFPA Device Technology, World Market: 2018
  13. Remote Radio Head Shipments, SDR versus Conventional, World Market: 2012
  14. Remote Radio Head Shipments, SDR versus Conventional, World Market: 2018
  15. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  16. Remote Radio Head Shipment Market Share by Vendor, World Market: 2012

Charts

  1. Total Remote Radio Head Shipments, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  2. Total Remote Radio Head Revenue, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  3. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  4. Total Remote Radio Head Shipments, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  5. Total Remote Radio Head Revenue, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  6. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Air Interface, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  7. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Frequency, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  8. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RF Power Output, World Market: 2012
  9. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RF Power Output, World Market: 2018
  10. Remote Radio Head Shipments, Standalone versus System Based, World Market: 2012
  11. Remote Radio Head Shipments, Standalone versus System Based, World Market: 2018
  12. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Interface, CPRI versus OBSAI, World Market: 2012
  13. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Interface, CPRI versus OBSAI, World Market: 2018
  14. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RFPA Device Technology, World Market: 2012
  15. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RFPA Device Technology, World Market: 2018
  16. Remote Radio Head Shipments, SDR versus Conventional, World Market: 2012
  17. Remote Radio Head Shipments, SDR versus Conventional, World Market: 2018
  18. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  19. Remote Radio Head Shipment Market Share by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  20. Total Remote Radio Head Shipments , World Market: 2012 to 2018
  21. Total Remote Radio Head Revenue , World Market: 2012 to 2018
  22. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Air Interface, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  23. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Frequency, World Market: 2012 to 2018
  24. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RF Power Output, World Market: 2012
  25. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RF Power Output, World Market: 2018
  26. Remote Radio Head Shipments Standalone versus System Based, World Market: 2012
  27. Remote Radio Head Shipments Standalone versus System Based, World Market: 2018
  28. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Interface CPRI versus OBSAI, World Market: 2012
  29. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Interface CPRI versus OBSAI, World Market: 2018
  30. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RFPA Device Technology, World Market: 2012
  31. Remote Radio Head Shipments by RFPA Device Technology, World Market: 2018
  32. Remote Radio Head Shipments SDR versus Conventional, World Market: 2012
  33. Remote Radio Head Shipments SDR versus Conventional, World Market: 2018
  34. Remote Radio Head Shipments by Vendor, World Market: 2012
  35. Remote Radio Head Shipment Market Share by Vendor, World Market: 2012