Small Cell Networks Market Report- Forecast to 2030

Global Small Cell Networks market research report: by type (femtocell, microcell), service (managed, professional), operating environment (indoor, outdoor), end-user (SME, large enterprises), vertical (government, retail) – Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/ICT/3917-HCR | 100 Pages | Published By Aarti Dhapte on March 2023         

Small Cell Networks Market

Small Cell Networks Market Predicted to Grow at CAGR of 31.00% by 2030 with Revenue USD 3.25 billion

By Type femtocell microcell
By Service managed professional
By Operating environment Indoor Outdoor
Key Players
Companies Profiled   Airspan Networks    Inc. (U.S.)    CommScope Inc. (U.S.)    Cisco Systems    Inc.(U.S.)    Ericsson (Sweden)    Hitachi    Ltd.(Japan)    Huawei Technologies Co.    Ltd.(China)    Nokia (Finland)    ZTE Corporation (China)    Qualcomm Telecommunications (U.S.)    and Texas Instruments(U.S.).
Market Driving Forces    The increase in the mobile data traffic is driven by the rapid adoption of smartphones    which has pushed the telecom operators to provide a superior quality network to their end users.
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Market Overview

The global small cell network market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 31.00% It is projected that the market will expand and reach up to USD 3.25 billion during the forecast period 2022-2030. The increasing rate of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is driving the market towards growth. Small Cells are generally base stations or access points that have very low power of frequency. They are integrated with wireless transmission systems that have a short-range for a specified geographical boundary.

The main purpose of the small cells is to push the data of macrocells along with speed, capacity, and network efficiency as well.  The small cells are mainly used in urban areas with dense populations. Public areas like airports, shopping malls, train stations, etc. hence, any place that comprises a huge number of people most of the time. The innovation of mobile phones in the past few years has drastic positive changes in the smart cell network business.

Small cells are efficient and they don’t require huge infrastructure in this way, they are beneficial to install. Also, the rising usage of mobile technology especially among the end-users has increased the traffic of mobile data. In these high population places, the small cells improve the capacity of the carriers and fulfill the demands of high-speed network connection. These small cells can be installed on both spectrum- licensed and unlicensed.

Also, they are cost-effective and compact components help to cope up with the continuous demand of advanced network. Also, the growing demand for 5G network has influenced several market players to invest to generate more revenue in the future. However, the small cell network industry also has some restraints that can affect the market growth which is poor connectivity of backhaul. In the future years, the market will grow at an exponential rate and will be profitable for investors.

COVID-19 Analysis

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak was so drastic that it is expected to hinder the small cell network market. It is because the execution of the 5G technology requires testing and further processing. Several companies such as China, India, and the US have observed a severe decline in the demand for telecom equipment for 5G technology. Also, major countries such as Spain, France, the US, and Australia have delayed the auctions of various frequencies. Hence, these factors caused by COVID-19 will pose a huge block towards growth.

Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

In the upcoming period, different factors will play a major role in the Small Cell Networks Market Growth. The growing demand for mobile technology will help the market to flourish during the forecast period. It is because, due to the rising usage of mobile phones, a significant rise in mobile data has been observed. Due to this reason, various telecom companies are continuously trying to put develop their technology for the users.


The small cell networks industry also has some factors that will hinder the market growth to some extent. One of the major reasons for restraints is the outbreak of COVID-19 disease. Also, if any problem occurs in the network, then the backhaul connectivity is poor. This poor connectivity will affect the Small Cell Networks Market Growth.


The development of the 5G network will improve the market during the forecast period. The small cell network industry will help to open new opportunities such as increased bandwidth. Also, the rising demand for regulating data traffic by using the Internet of Things will boost the small cell network market. These small cells are useful in maintaining data traffic in crowded places will be beneficial.


Even after several technological advancements, the rural areas are still not provided with a stable and strong network connection. It will be challenging to provide better network connectivity in remote areas. Also, without solving the existing network problems and developing new technology will be a great challenge.

Cumulative Analysis

With the advancement in mobile technology and network enhancements, the Small Cell Networks Business will grow exponentially. It is projected that the Compound Annual Growth Rate of the Small Cell Networks Industry is 23%. Due to these above-mentioned factors, the market size will increase and reach around 60 Billion USD during the forecast period 2019-2023.

Value Chain Analysis

With the demand for enhanced technology and to provide better internet to the end-user, the market will possess a great value. Also, the different ranges of small cells for various purposes will increase its productivity. The major key players and supportive governments across the world are also improving the global small cell network industry.

Market Segmentations

The global smart cells network market is segmented into service, vertical, end-user, operating environment, and type. On the basis of verticals, the Small Cell Networks Market Segments is further divided into education, retail, power, healthcare, energy, governments, and others.

On the basis of service, the smart cells network market is a professional service and managed service. 

On the basis of service, the smart cells network industry is further bifurcated into support and maintenance, design and network planning, integration, and installation.

Further, the small cell network industry on the basis of the operating environment is divided into the outdoor environment and the indoor environment.

Based upon the type, the global smart cell network market is divided into microcell, metro cell, femtocell, and picocell.

The end-user category of the global smart cells network market is divided into Small and Medium Enterprises, Large Enterprises, and Residential.

Regional Analysis

On the basis of region, the global Smart Cell Network Industry is divided into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World.

According to the Small Cell Networks Market Analysis, the North American region will hold the largest market share. The technological upgrades and various effective ways for network backhauls with increased are pushing the market towards growth. Also, enhancing the effectiveness of the 4G services are the major drivers for the largest Small Cell Networks Market Share in the North American region.

Also, the Asia-Pacific region will have significant growth during the forecast period. The eminent countries such as India, China, and Japan are helping the market to grow. The demand for high-speed data is growing rapidly that will influence the market.

Competitive Landscape

There are key players that use different strategies to increase Small Cell Networks Market Size. They use different strategies such as mergers, acquisitions, product launches, etc. Qualcomm Technologies Inc. is a major company that has announced mergers with different companies to increase more revenue.

Another company called Sony Ericson announced its contract to implement small cell products for several applications. These are some major key players of the small cells network industry-

  • Ericsson (Sweden)

  • CommScope Inc. (U.S.)

  • Qualcomm Telecommunications (U.S.)

  • ZTE Corporation (China)

  • Hitachi, Ltd.(Japan)

  • Airspan Networks, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.(U.S.)

  • Texas Instruments (U.S.)

  • CommScope Inc. (U.S.)

  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.(China)

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.(U.S.)

  • Nokia (Finland)

Recent Developments

  • In 2018, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. partnered with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. This partnership is aimed to manufacture small cells of a 5G network. This will increase its capacity, speed, low latency, and coverage.

  • In 2020 Keysight Technologies announced its collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. for the deployment of small cell technologies with a 5G network.

Report Overview

The report overview of the global small cells network industry are-

  • Overview of the market

  • COVID 19 analysis

  • Dynamics of the market

  • Value chain analysis

  • Market segmentation

  • Regional analysis

  • Competitive analysis

  • Recent Developments of the key players

Report Score

The scope of the report is to provide details of the global small cell network business. This report highlights the strength and capability of the market during the forecast. It also provides information about the major key players in the market.

  • Study Period- 2019-2023

  • Base Year-2021

  • Forecast Period- 2019-2023

  • Historical Period- 2019-2021

Segmentation Table

  • By Service

  • Professional Services

  • Managed Services

  • Design

  • Planning

  • Integration

  • Support

  • Maintenance 

  • By Operating Environment

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor

  • By Type

  • Microcell

  • Femtocell

  • Metrocell

  • Picocell

  • By Verticals

  • Retail

  • Energy

  • Government

  • BFSI

  • Education

  • Healthcare

  • Energy and Power

  • By End-User

  • Medium and Small Enterprises

  • Residential

  • Large Enterprises

  • By Region

  • Asia-Pacific

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Rest of the World

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 3.25 billion
  CAGR   31.00% (2022-2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022-2030
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   by type, operating environment
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Airspan Networks, Inc. (U.S.), CommScope Inc. (U.S.), Cisco Systems, Inc.(U.S.), Ericsson (Sweden), Hitachi, Ltd.(Japan), Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.(China), Nokia (Finland), ZTE Corporation (China), Qualcomm Telecommunications (U.S.), and Texas Instruments(U.S.).
  Key Market Opportunities   The mobile network operators are looking for faster, better, and cost-effective ways to upgrading and sustain their mobile backhaul links to keep abreast with the ongoing bandwidth growth and the performance related to 4G wireless services.
  Key Market Drivers   The increase in the mobile data traffic is driven by the rapid adoption of smartphones, which has pushed the telecom operators to provide a superior quality network to their end users.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market is estimated to grow in the forecast till 2030.

The surge in the adoption of mobile-based technology across the world has occasioned in a steep increase in mobile data traffic.

Type, service, operating environment, end-user, vertical are the segments included in the study of the market.

Ericsson and Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) are the leading companies in the market. Globally.

The market will be availing a valuation of USD 5.25 billion by the end of the forecast period 2030.