LTE Basestation Antenna Deployments Accelerate as the 4G Network Builds Out

2Q 2015 | Research Report Report | RR-LTEA-15 | 21 pages | 5 charts | 1 figure | PDF

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Table of Contents

  • 1. OVERVIEW OF THE LTE MARKET
    • 1.1. LTE Drives 4G Growth
    • 1.2. Country-level Traffic Analysis
    • 1.3. Mobile Data Traffic Strains the Network
  • 2. LTE BASE STATION ANTENNAS
    • 2.1. LTE Base Station Antenna Drivers
      • 2.1.1. General MIMO (Diversity) Operation
      • 2.1.2. Multi-band Operation
        • 2.1.2.1. Spectrum Drivers
        • 2.1.2.2. LTE on 700 MHz
      • 2.1.3. Antenna / Network Topology Issues
      • 2.1.4. Modern LTE Antenna Design
  • 3. LTE ANTENNA REQUIREMENTS
    • 3.1. Requirements for Good System Performance
      • 3.1.1. Good Multi-path Performance
      • 3.1.2. Interference Control
      • 3.1.3. LTE Antenna Topology
      • 3.1.4. LTE MIMO Operation
      • 3.1.5. Wide-band Performance
      • 3.1.6. Passive Inter-modulation Minimization
    • 3.2. Types of LTE Antennas
      • 3.2.1. Tilt Antennas
        • 3.2.1.1. Simplifying Operation
      • 3.2.2. Active Antennas
        • 3.2.2.1. Smart Antennas
        • 3.2.2.2. Direction of the Active Antenna Market
      • 3.2.3. Remote Radio Heads
      • 3.2.4. Integrated Antennas
      • 3.2.5. Multi-band Antennas and Operation
        • 3.2.5.1. The Multi-band Challenge
  • 4. LTE VENDOR COMPETITIVE ASSESSMENT
    • 4.1. Market Share Analysis
    • 4.2. Competitive Profiles
      • 4.2.1. Amphenol
      • 4.2.2. CommScope
      • 4.2.3. Huawei Technologies
      • 4.2.4. Kathrein
    • 4.3. Vendor Matrix
  • 5. CONCLUSIONS AND STRATEGIC OBSERVATIONS
  • 6. LINKS TO RELATED RESEARCH
  • 7. TABLE OF CONTENTS

Charts

  1. 2G, 3G, and 4G Annual Mobile Subscriptions by Technology, World Market, Forecast: 2008 to 2020
  2. Mobile Network Data Traffic by Traffic Type, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2019
  3. LTE-capable Antenna Shipments by Spectrum Band Combination, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2019
  4. LTE Antenna Market Share Analysis, 2013 versus 2014
  5. Innovation versus Implementation Vendor Matrix

Figures

  1. Evolution of Antenna Dipole Design


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The mobile cellular basestation antenna is one of the most important sub-systems of the modern network architecture. Whether configured into arrays or as standalone single antennas it is the last link in the complicated mobile wireless system topology.

LTE has become the dominant driving force in new network rollouts and this advanced air interface imposes special requirements on the antenna system. The unending need for increasing data rates and capacity has made LTE a necessity for today’s wireless reality.

In this report, ABI Research explores the key market trends, the essential criteria in LTE antenna design and selection and provides a competitive assessment of the antenna vendors.

Table of Contents

  • 1. OVERVIEW OF THE LTE MARKET
    • 1.1. LTE Drives 4G Growth
    • 1.2. Country-level Traffic Analysis
    • 1.3. Mobile Data Traffic Strains the Network
  • 2. LTE BASE STATION ANTENNAS
    • 2.1. LTE Base Station Antenna Drivers
      • 2.1.1. General MIMO (Diversity) Operation
      • 2.1.2. Multi-band Operation
        • 2.1.2.1. Spectrum Drivers
        • 2.1.2.2. LTE on 700 MHz
      • 2.1.3. Antenna / Network Topology Issues
      • 2.1.4. Modern LTE Antenna Design
  • 3. LTE ANTENNA REQUIREMENTS
    • 3.1. Requirements for Good System Performance
      • 3.1.1. Good Multi-path Performance
      • 3.1.2. Interference Control
      • 3.1.3. LTE Antenna Topology
      • 3.1.4. LTE MIMO Operation
      • 3.1.5. Wide-band Performance
      • 3.1.6. Passive Inter-modulation Minimization
    • 3.2. Types of LTE Antennas
      • 3.2.1. Tilt Antennas
        • 3.2.1.1. Simplifying Operation
      • 3.2.2. Active Antennas
        • 3.2.2.1. Smart Antennas
        • 3.2.2.2. Direction of the Active Antenna Market
      • 3.2.3. Remote Radio Heads
      • 3.2.4. Integrated Antennas
      • 3.2.5. Multi-band Antennas and Operation
        • 3.2.5.1. The Multi-band Challenge
  • 4. LTE VENDOR COMPETITIVE ASSESSMENT
    • 4.1. Market Share Analysis
    • 4.2. Competitive Profiles
      • 4.2.1. Amphenol
      • 4.2.2. CommScope
      • 4.2.3. Huawei Technologies
      • 4.2.4. Kathrein
    • 4.3. Vendor Matrix
  • 5. CONCLUSIONS AND STRATEGIC OBSERVATIONS
  • 6. LINKS TO RELATED RESEARCH
  • 7. TABLE OF CONTENTS

Charts

  1. 2G, 3G, and 4G Annual Mobile Subscriptions by Technology, World Market, Forecast: 2008 to 2020
  2. Mobile Network Data Traffic by Traffic Type, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2019
  3. LTE-capable Antenna Shipments by Spectrum Band Combination, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2019
  4. LTE Antenna Market Share Analysis, 2013 versus 2014
  5. Innovation versus Implementation Vendor Matrix

Figures

  1. Evolution of Antenna Dipole Design