Will 5G Small Cells Suffer the Same Fate as Previous Generation Small Cells?

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By Fei Liu | 2Q 2022 | IN-6532


5G Mobile Data Traffic Grows at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 63%, Reaching 1,676 Exabytes in 2026


5G promises ultra-capacity, ultra-fast data rates, higher energy efficiency, low latency, and support of massive connectivity. All these benefits come at a cost of skyrocketing mobile data traffic demands. According to ABI Research, 5G mobile data traffic demand is growing exponentially, from 145 Exabytes in 2021 to 1,676 Exabytes in 2026, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 63%. The fast-growing data demands push network capacity to its limit, particularly in dense urban areas where it is challenging to secure new cell sites. Although 5G massive MIMO already provides a massive capacity upgrade compared to 4G, this capacity will be used up in the future. This is where 5G small cells will help boost capacity and coverage.

What Is the Role of 5G Small Cells?


5G small cells are expected to play a major role in the enterprise and consumer markets. With more 5G small cells deployed on their private networks in enterprises, machines and devices can deliver high…

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