Small Cells and Wi-Fi Integration Status

The report highlights the growing trend of integrating Wi-Fi and small cells. In order to cope with the increasing demand for data and congested networks, operators have turned to Wi-Fi hotspots and small cells indoors and outdoors to offload traffic and maintain manageable data flow. The market growth of both technologies as well as multiple co-existence scenarios are deriving operators and solution provider to adopt more cost effective models through integrating these technologies together.

The first section of the report gives a brief background about the market development as well as integration benefits and market drivers. Examples of current challenges are also listed.

The following section examines the network architectures and technical developments of integrated Wi-Fi small cells. This follows the standard and industry efforts led by Small Cells Forum, Wireless Broadband Alliance, and 3GPP. Levels of integration as well as architectural integration scenarios are explained.

The last section includes the market status and vendor profiles. Examples of the main solutions available as well as operators’ activities from different regions are discussed.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. SMALL CELL MEETS WI-FI
    • 2.1. Background
    • 2.2. Drivers for Wi-Fi-Integrated Small Cell Network
      • 2.2.1. Increase Network Capacity and Improve Quality of Service
      • 2.2.2. Lower Total Cost of Ownership
      • 2.2.3. Improve the QoS for non-3GPP Users and Open New Business Opportunities
      • 2.2.4. Enhance Location Analytics and Related Services
    • 2.3. Challenges with Wi-Fi / Small Cell Integration
      • 2.3.1. Intelligent Network Selection
      • 2.3.2. Different Coverage Range and Optimized Planning and Device Price
      • 2.3.3. Integrated Services in Enterprise
      • 2.3.4. Pricing Challenges
  • 3. INDUSTRY EFFORTS AND TECHNICAL MODELS
    • 3.1. Standardization and Technical Efforts
      • 3.1.1. Small Cell Forum: Integrated Small Cell and Wi-Fi (ISW) Model
      • 3.1.2. 3GPP: ANDSF
      • 3.1.3. Wireless Broadband Alliance: Next Generation Hotspot
      • 3.1.4. 3GPP: Trusted/Untrusted WLAN Access
    • 3.2. Integration Levels
      • 3.2.1. Integration Access Network
      • 3.2.2. Integrated Gateway
      • 3.2.3. Integrated SON
      • 3.2.4. Integrated Value-added Functions
    • 3.3. Network Structure
    • 3.4. Integration Scenarios
      • 3.4.1. S2a Mobility Based on GTP (SaMOG)
      • 3.4.2. ePDG via S2b
      • 3.4.3. S2c
  • 4. ECOSYSTEM AND MARKET
    • 4.1. Solution Providers
      • 4.1.1. Intel/Mindspeed
      • 4.1.2. Broadcom
      • 4.1.3. ip.access
      • 4.1.4. SpiderCloud Wireless
      • 4.1.5. Radisys
      • 4.1.6. Cisco
      • 4.1.7. InterDigital
      • 4.1.8. Alcatel-Lucent
      • 4.1.9. Ruckus
      • 4.1.10. Ericsson
      • 4.1.11. Nokia Solutions and Networks
      • 4.1.12. Huawei
      • 4.1.13. NEC
      • 4.1.14. Qualcomm
    • 4.2. Operator Activity
      • 4.2.1. North America
      • 4.2.2. Europe
      • 4.2.3. Asia-Pacific
  • 5. CONCLUSION
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Research Information

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Publish Date
2Q 2014
Code
AN-1270
Research Type
Technology Analysis Report
Pages
28