Infonetics: Femtocell Sales Surged 66% Quarterly in 4Q

Femtocell sales surged 66% higher sequentially in 4Q 2012, as carrier deployments took root and expanded, according to the latest Femtocell Equipment report from Infonetics.

Infonetics' latest statistics and report encompass global 2G, 3G, and 4G femtocell sales, tracking developments by market segment, technology, and form factor. "Femtocell sales are up for the third straight quarter and on a year-over-year basis, though growth to this point is modest for a market that's still in evolution," Richard Webb, Infonetics' directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi, elaborated.

Other highlights from Infonetic's latest femtocells report include:

  • For the full year 2012, the femtocell market totaled $425 million, up 21% from a year ago
  • Public space femtocells accounted for slightly more revenue than consumer femtocells in 2012
  • 4G femtocell revenue is growing at a 165% 5-year compound annual growth rate (2012 to 2017)
  • While only 3% of units shipped in 2012 were integrated femtocells-meaning femtocell technology built into broadband CPE like DSL routers/gateways-Infonetics anticipates they will be widely adopted over the long term, eventually making up about half of all units by 2017
  • The top 3 femtocell market share leaders in 4Q12 and for the full year 2012 are Airvana, Samsung, and Cisco/ip.access

Femtocells are an important trend to watch. They have implications for wireless substitution, particularly in rural markets. As Infonetics reported, direct integration of femtocells into DSL modems and FTTH gateways is on the rise, giving consumers easier access to use them.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 10:30
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