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Cell-site Deployment and Management Trends

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The mobile cellular operator radio access network (RAN) infrastructure domain is evolving rapidly. The traditional landscape of macro-centric base station towers and rooftop antenna clusters is also taking on small cell base stations, which include microcells, picocells, and even outdoor femtocells. There are also pressures to streamline capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenditure (OPEX) costs relating to the running of the radio access network. These seismic changes in the mobile cell-site landscape are providing a number of commercial and investment opportunities for tower management companies as well as the suppliers of the various hardware and software components that make up the RAN cell-site.

This report provides quantitative and qualitative insight into overall macro and small cell-site capital expenditure by mobile operators, as well as the development and role played by tower management companies in managing cell-sites.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Key Findings
  • 2. CELL-SITE SHARING TRENDS
    • 2.1. Tower Sharing
    • 2.2. Market Forces
  • 3. TOWER OWNERSHIP TRENDS
    • 3.1. Europe
    • 3.2. Asia
    • 3.3. North America
    • 3.4. Latin America
    • 3.5. Africa & Middle East
  • 4. CELL-SITE HARDWARE ELEMENTS AND ECOSYSTEM
    • 4.1. Cell-site Installation and Upgrade
    • 4.2. Mobile Cell-site Integration
    • 4.3. Site Integration Solutions Ecosystem
      • 4.3.1. Telecommunication Equipment and Integration Suppliers
      • 4.3.2. Telecommunication Service Integration Suppliers
      • 4.3.3. Telecommunication Infrastructure Management Companies
      • 4.3.4. Miscellaneous Telecommunication Infrastructure Component Suppliers
  • 5. CELL-SITE INVESTMENT FORECASTS
    • 5.1. Forecasts
      • 5.1.1. Mobile Cellular Deployments
    • 5.2. Macro Cell-sites
    • 5.3. Small Cell-sites
      • 5.3.1. Rural versus Urban Cell-site Deployment

Tables

  1. Cell-sites by Ownership Type, World Market: 2012 and 2013
  2. Cell-sites by Key Tower Management Companies, World Market: 2012 and 2013

Charts

  1. Aggregate Radio Access Network CAPEX: Macro and Small Cell
  2. Mobile Network Sites by Ownership Structure, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  3. Mobile Network Site Leasing Revenue, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  4. Installed BTS Cell-sites, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  5. Cell-site CAPEX: New Build, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  6. Cell-site CAPEX: Upgrade, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  7. Small Cells: Net Annual Increase and Installed Base, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  8. Small Cell-site CAPEX, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019
  9. Installed Base of Rural versus Urban Cell-sites, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2019

Figures

  1. Schematic of a Typical Macro Basestation Cell-site
  2. Site Integration Solutions Industry Ecosystem