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Small Cell Access Points and Semiconductors: Market Shares

This report estimates the 2013 unit market shares for small cell equipment vendors and small cell baseband SoC vendors and is a companion to our report entitled Small Cell Hardware Ecosystem (AN-1800).

We partition the data for overall market share, femtocell share, 3G share, and 4G share. Although no vendor has disclosed their actual unit shipments for 2013 we were able to estimate these through a process of triangulation and with a knowledge of semiconductor SoC design-ins.

Our overall small cell equipment market share leader is Alcatel-Lucent closely followed by Airvana. Cisco and ip.access occupy the number-three and number-four spots, respectively. Contela stands out as ABI Research’s leader for 4G small cells.

Likewise Broadcom is our leading small cell baseband SoC vendor ahead of Intel, Texas Instruments and Freescale in that order. In 4G Cavium occupies the first position.

The report also includes a discussion on small cell baseband SoC architectures and roadmap future trends.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW
  • 2. THE SMALL CELL MARKET
  • 3. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR SMALL CELL PLATFORMS
    • 3.1. Baseband SoC
    • 3.2. Heterogeneous Multi-core
    • 3.3. Few versus Many Cores
    • 3.4. Interconnect Fabric
    • 3.5. CPRI
    • 3.6. Timing Synchronization
    • 3.7. Baseband on a Chip
    • 3.8. Digital Front End
    • 3.9. Transceiver
    • 3.10. Power Amplifier
  • 4. SMALL CELL EQUIPMENT VENDOR MARKET SHARES
  • 5. SMALL CELL SEMICONDUCTOR VENDOR MARKET SHARES
  • 6. SMALL CELL BASEBAND INDUSTRY ROADMAP AND OUTLOOK
    • 6.1. Market Consolidation?
    • 6.2. Bifurcation of the Market
    • 6.3. Vendors to Watch
    • 6.4. Future Trends
      • 6.4.1. ARM Proliferation
      • 6.4.2. Virtualization
      • 6.4.3. Impact of LTE-U
      • 6.4.4. Wi-Fi Integration

Tables

  1. Small Cell Classes, Site Characteristics for Indoor and Outdoor Femto-, Pico-, Microcells versus Macrocells

Charts

  1. 2014 Small Cell Market, World Market by Revenue and CAGR
  2. Overall Small Cell Vendor 2013 Unit Market Shares
  3. Femtocell Vendor 2013 Unit Market Shares
  4. 3G Vendor 2013 Unit Market Shares
  5. 4G Vendor 2013 Unit Market Shares
  6. Small Cell 2013 Overall Unit Market Shares
  7. Femtocell 2013 Unit Market Shares
  8. Small Cell 3G 2013 Unit Market Shares
  9. Small Cell 4G 2013 Unit Market Shares