Originally posted to AGL Media Group by Ilissa Miller

According to analysts at Dell’Oro Group, small cells are one of the fastest-growing segments of the wireless infrastructure market, with yearly growth of at least 50 percent for the last four years. Carriers have been deploying indoor and outdoor small cells while also selling indoor small cells to their customers, both of which have contributed to the increase.

Two major factors in the growth of DAS and small cells have been the new demand for 5G networks as the outdoor small cell market is taking off to support carrier needs and the adaptation of smart cities.

A new analysis from iGR shows that the outdoor small cell market will become a necessary part of our mobile networks. As most network carriers transition to 5G and the demand for high-quality data services on LTE networks grows, the use of outdoor small cells is integral for these processes.

Small cells will have to do more with the installation of these technologies, because they help with powering, backhaul problems, regulations and cost efficiency. A survey commissioned by Ixia and conducted by Dimensional Research queried more than 300 executives from enterprise and service-provider companies globally regarding the growth of 5G networks. According to its research, reported in RCR Wireless News, 96 percent of the organizations surveyed said that they plan to use 5G technologies, and 67 percent of them have evaluated or will evaluate 5G technologies in the next 12 months.

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