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5G Small Cell Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Application (Residential & SOHO, Enterprises and Others), By Communication Infrastructure (Femtocell, Metrocell, Picocell and Microcell), and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026

Region : Global | Published Date: Nov, 2019 | Report ID: FBI101600| Status : Published



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The global 5G small cell market size stood at USD 175.2 Million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 15,951.7 Million by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 81.9% during the forecast period.

5G Small cells are low-power base stations that provide enhanced dense network coverage and increase overall network capacity by assisting end-users to boost their wireless connectivity. Small cells are usually deployed over outdoor and indoor surroundings to offer enriched services to end-users. Small Cell includes microcells, picocells, femtocells, and metrocells that have a range from 10 meters to several hundred or thousands meters. The advancement in small cell networks would play a key role in the growth of the overall 5G infrastructure market. Presently, key telecom service providers and operators are focused on developing advanced 5G small cell based on low-frequency band to deliver high-speed mobile broadband to operate low latency IoT applications.

5G Small cells are mostly deployed in densely colonized urban areas, including sports stadiums, shopping malls, airports, government premises, railway stations, and others. To cater to the rising demand of 5G networks from industries including manufacturing, healthcare and others, telecom providers are currently investing in developing small cell base stations based on high-quality network technology and leading-edge monitoring & digital triggering activation solutions.

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The 5G small cell deployment is estimated to grow robustly during the forecast period. According to the Small Cells Forum, small cell deployments in automated radios is expected to reach around 10.20 million units by the end of 2025. 5G small cell base stations are easily deployed with precision and help to fill coverage gaps between 4G and 5G by eliminating the need for expensive macro sites. Small cells are quick to develop and install, and are cost-efficient than constructing outsized conventional towers.

Key offerings of 5G small cell are:

  • High Speed – 5G small cell provides advanced connectivity services including virtual reality, high definition (HD) video services and others and also helps to deliver heavy bandwidth of 100Mbps per connection.

  • High Flexibility – In dense hotspot areas, 5G small cell helps to provide a flexible network that is highly scalable for dynamic capacity expansions.

  • Massive Connectivity – Advancement in 5G small cells would help to cater the need for network services fuelled by the growing market of internet of things (IoT). This advancement would help to develop ultra-high-density wireless connections between smart IoT devices.

  • Latency Sensitive – 5G small cell offer latency of below 1 ms for services including tactile internet, e-health, smart manufacturing and others.

  • High reliability – 5G small cell network deliver single-site short-distance communication services to high-speed mobility applications and support network slicing and diverse demands.


“Significant Growth of the Mobile Data Volume”

Since the beginning of 2017, the global 5G small cell market has been obtaining a huge growth from the IT and telecom industry. This substantial growth in 5G small cell industry is mainly driven by the evolution of core wireless technologies, namely short-distance communication, tele-cloud, and others. One of the primary reasons for the overall development of 5G small cells is rising demand for mobile data volume across the globe. According to the various valid sources, total mobile data traffic is expected to rise by a decent growth rate of 5% over the next six years, reaching around 136EB/month (ExaByte) by the end of 2024. Annual mobile data traffic volume per smartphone remains to increase in all regions, mainly driven by enhanced IoT smart devices, reasonable data plans, and increase in overall data-intensive content                                                                    

“Growing Adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) Technology”

IoT solutions are used to create a local network between advanced smart devices including smartphones, drones, machines, robots, wearable devices, and other smart objects by gathering different access methods. 5G small cell helps to connect and link autonomously with the help of precise available network architecture. Also, 5G networks help to establish a dense complex network that helps to connect millions of other smart devices with the help of IoT technologies. 

The major driver resulting in the growth of the market is the rising adoption of Internet of Things technology by various telecom organizations in IT industry. By providing an advanced unified communications platform, IoT technology has the capability of operating as a catalyst for the overall growth of 5G small cells. According to the sources, the volume of smart devices based on internet of things extending from connected sensors to autonomous connected vehicles and others is expected to reach around 50 – 60 Billion by the end of 2020. Global players, namely IBM Corporation, Microsoft Azure, and others are increasing their investment in IoT technology to enhance 5G small cell infrastructure features, thereby delivering increased security and compatibility with all smart devices.                                                                                                                                                 


By Application Analysis

Based on applications, the scope of study is distributed into residential & SOHO, enterprises and others (government & defense and others). The enterprise segment is expected to be the largest in 5G small cell market share. The next-generation 5G network would help to discover new opportunities for enterprises in upcoming years. Cloud computing based enterprise solutions for massive data analysis requiring significantly high speed can be easily fulfilled by 5G.

For enterprise applications, the Cisco system offers “Ultra Cloud Core” a full-featured (in-line services) packet core platform, that helps to securely integrate 3G/4G/5G/IoT/Wi-Fi connected services. Similarly, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson offers cutting-edge standalone New Radio (NR) software for enterprises to enables super-fast response times, rapidly extend 5G coverage.

By Communication Infrastructure Analysis

Based on the communication infrastructure, the scope of the study is segmented into femtocell, metrocell, picocell, and microcell. Femtocell is expected to grow with a decent CAGR owing to fast adoption of 5G small cell towers/base stations in residential and enterprise applications. These are used to strengthen the signal strength of mobile operator’s base stations and to offload network overcrowding, extend coverage and increase data capacity to residential users.

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Femtocells can be easily deployed in homes, public areas or office buildings. Key features of femtocell offerings include, it provides SON (self-organizing networks) and full secure plug-n-play enhanced security features including digital certificates, IPSec for encryption with IKEv2, firewall, and tamper alarms.


Based on the geographical usage of 5G small cells, the scope of study is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America. North America is anticipated to dominate the market by capturing major market share throughout the 5G small cell market forecast period owing to the growing need for seamless mobile data accessibility across the region.  Rising demand for VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) solutions and services based on the 5G cellular network are favoring the growth of 5G small cell market in North America. According to sources, in North America, by the end of 2025, 60% of VR/AR software revenue would be driven by the 5G communication infrastructure market. Video games industry would be the fastest consumer market to develop and would rapidly adopt the 5G small cell base stations to handle high-intensity games and channels. Network operators including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless are focused on partnering with network equipment provider namely Nokia Corporation, Samsung Group to develop 5G network infrastructure. For instance, according to primary sources, the small cells deployment in the United States is expected to grow from 86,000 in 2018 to around 800,000 by the end of 2026.

North America 5G Small Cell Market Size, 2018

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During the forecast period Europe is estimated to grow at a substantial rate. Through a joint strategy between industry players, academic research centers, and the European Commission, 5G is making strides in Europe. The strategy is based on the development of specific 5G infrastructure. Furthermore, Asia Pacific is expected to witness highest growth owing to the rising investments of the government and private industries for adopting the enhanced 5G Technology. Countries such as Korea, India, and Japan have been observed to grow significantly in the 5G market.


“Market leaders such as Samsung Group and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, would focus on strengthening the market position to provide 5G small cell solutions “

Samsung Group offers comprehensive 5G small cell tower/base station equipment to support network provider companies including Verizon, AT&T Inc., SK Telecom, KT, and LG Plus. Samsung offers small cell solutions which include Enterprise Cell, LTE-U, Home/SOHO cell, Indoor Small Cell, Small Cell Gateway (SC-GW), and others. Samsung is one of the key players in providing advanced small cell solutions, with a strong product portfolio. 

Samsung Group is actively working on providing 5G small cell solutions for a wide range of applications to fulfil enterprises and residential requirements. Further, the company is dedicated to strengthen its product portfolio and expand its geographic presence. For instance, in March 2018, Samsung Group collaborated with KDDI Corporation to develop next-generation 5G technologies equipment. This collaboration would help both the organization to expand its presence in Asia countries such as Japan, China and others, and simultaneously leverage their expertise in 5G mobile network. Furthermore, Samsung is focused on collaborating and acquiring other companies to develop 5G network equipment based on AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities. For instance, in October 2018, Samsung Electronics announced plans to invest $22 Billion in 5G networking and AI at the “Samsung AI Forum 2018”. In October 2018, Samsung acquired Zhilabs to leverage AI-based automation in its 5G portfolio. This acquisition would help Samsung to strengthen its 5G product portfolio by integrating automated and intelligent network analytics tools.


  • Samsung Group

  • Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

  • ZTE Corporation

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • NEC Corporation

  • Nokia Corporation

  • CommScope Inc.

  • Airspan Networks Inc.

  • Fujitsu Limited.

  • Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd.


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This report provides an elaborative analysis by focusing on market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in the report are 5G small cell architecture, recent industry developments in the global 5G small cell deployment including mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in crucial countries, macro, and microeconomic factors, SWOT analysis, and key industry trends, competitive landscape and company profiles.

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By Application

  • Residential and SOHO (Small Office/Home Office)

  • Enterprises

  • Other (Government and Others)

By Communication Infrastructure

  • Femtocell

  • Metrocell

  • Picocell

  • Microcell

By Geography

  • North America (U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)



  • February, 2019: CommScope launched new advanced antennas that are capable of operating up to 3.5 GHz for small cell densification. These antennas are used to increase overall network capacity and relocation to 5G.

  • April, 2019: CommScope partnered with ODATA to provide a Multi-Tenant data center offering. This partnership would help to offer multi-tenant data center services and services in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

  • February, 2019: Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., partnered with HFR, Korea based company. With this partnership Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., launched a new smart “xHaul plug-in transponder card” that assists service providers to monitor and control their existing 4G network system to support 5G solutions and services.

  • October 2018: Samsung Group and Qualcomm collaborated to deliver industry-leading 5G NR small cell infrastructure. Both the companies are operating collectively to develop 5G small cells that are capable of catering massive 5G network speed, capacity, coverage, and ultra-low latency.

Frequently Asked Questions

As per our study, the global 5G small cell market held a revenue of USD 175.2 Mn in 2018 and it is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 81.9% during the forecast period (2019 -2026).

Enterprises are expected to be the leading application segment in 5G small cell market during the forecast period. Enterprise solutions based on cloud computing with massive data analysis will significantly require high speed more than latency improvements that can be easily fulfilled by 5G.

Femtocell is expected to be the leading communication infrastructure segment in the 5G small cell market during the forecast period.

Rising adoption of integrated smart applications based on IoT solutions and evolution of core wireless technologies namely short-distance communication, tele-cloud, and others are favoring the growth of 5G small cell market during the forecast period. Other market drivers expected to drive the growth of the market includes rising demand for the mobile data traffic volume across various IT and telecom industry.

Some of the key players in 5G small cell market includes Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., ZTE Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia Corporation, CommScope Inc. Samsung Group and Fujitsu Limited.

North America is expected to hold the highest market share in the 5G small cell market

5G small cell market is estimated to reach USD 15,951.7 Mn by the end of 2026. The 5G small cells market is estimated to grow robustly during the forecast period. According to the Small Cells Forum, small cell deployments are expected to reach around 10.25 million radios by the end of 2025.

Advancement and adoption of core networking technologies including personal area network (PAN), wireless local area network (WLAN), system-area network (SAN) and other by the network operator to develop 5G cellular infrastructure network are some of the key trends related to this market.

Some of the upcoming opportunities for 5G small cell market includes applications in smart cities, smart energy, smart infrastructure, smart healthcare, smart building and others. Deployment of 5G small cell base stations in government premises would help to connect and operate street lights, smart parking, smart transportation, smart public safety and security, smart water management, smart lighting, smart stadium, and others.

5G Small Cell Market Size, Share and Global Industry Trend Forecast till 2026
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