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Max Rapaport is a corporate and telecommunications attorney with an avid interest in the universe of small cell technologies, including pico cell, femto cell and microcellular networks, generally. He also publishes articles on the Website related to developments in these areas.... More
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  • ABI Research – Report - What To Watch For In 2013 – Highlights Importance Of Small Cell Initiatives 2 comments
    Jan 7, 2013 12:48 PM

    ABI Research recently released a report 'What to Watch For in 2013 and the Years Beyond'. The report highlights 5 core initiatives and developments that its authors believe are likely to shape the telecommunications landscape in 2013.

    Several of these developments have key implications for the small cells' universe. For example, in position 1, the report's authors cited impending competition for bandwidth, and attendant quality of service issues. Specifically, according to the report's authors, OTT services, such as Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, and others, will continue to grow exponentially, leading industry players to battle to retain existing subscribers and gain new subscribers by improving their service offerings. Moreover, the authors note, the impact of Google as a high-speed fiber broadband service provider in the United States, has the potential to drive other service providers to bump up their value offerings by 2013-2014.

    Another core development noted by the report's authors is in the area of wireless backhaul. According to ABI, the rise of heterogeneous and small cell network architectures, will lead to the increased proliferation of access nodes within networks, possibly at a rate of five to ten times the number that we have traditionally seen. As a result, authors note, finding solutions for the backhauling of access nodes is becoming an important, and under current market circumstances, the authors believe, we are likely to end up with a grid-like structure, with hierarchies of macro, micro, pico, and, possibly, even femtocells backhauling to the core network.

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    Enjoy ur work, any specific names u are involved in or see most potential?
    11 Jan 2013, 02:33 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Ruckus wireless seems to be a name that comes across in a number of analyst reports as having a strong competitive advantage. According to a recent report from Craig Hallum, for example, the company's SmartCell API’s which feature integrated Wi-Fi access points, a USB slot for pico or femto small cells and 5MHz Wi-Fi backhaul, could be a compelling solution to technical backhaul issues.


    Another strong player may be Qualcomm, who recently provided an updated five year growth forecast for double-digit annual sales and pro forma EPS growth.


    Also, Broadcom is known as a market leader in the broadband access market and are also expanding into access products (i.e., small celsl).


    Please note, though, that these ideas may require additional independent research, and that I do not hold stakes in any of these stocks.
    13 Jan 2013, 09:10 AM Reply Like
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