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New study forecasts role of small cells and DAS in US LTE infrastructure spending

15 October 2015

iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry, forecasts that the long term evolution (LTE) market will continue to grow and dominate the US mobile landscape for the foreseeable future.

iGR also expects that subsequent versions of LTE and the associated new features will form the basis of new 5G networks in the next few years,reports Marketwired. To support additional LTE capacity, mobile operators are increasingly refarming 2G spectrum, as well as acquiring additional spectrum resources through auctions and private transactions.

The total LTE network build and operating costs are forecast to rise over the next five years, as more consumers use LTE, more devices are added to the networks and more bandwidth is consumed. iGR forecasts the total five-year spend to reach $212 billion.

"Mobile operators will be increasingly more creative in where they deploy with LTE network dollars," said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. "This expenditure will include more on solutions that densify the network, thereby increasing the available capacity at a given location. This means more spending on DAS, remote radio heads and other small cell solutions."

iGR's new market study, 'US LTE Network Infrastructure Spending Forecast, 2014-2019' provides a five-year forecast for the LTE infrastructure build investment and network operating costs per operator in the US. It also forecasts the spending split by network component and by macro cell sites, DAS and small cells. The study also provides a detailed status of US mobile operators' LTE networks.