Femtocells will allow users to set up their own local basestations, which will be especially helpful in remote areas not well served by today's cell-phone mega-towers. Look for femtocells to fill-in the gaps in wireless coverage over the next four years. R.C.J.
Here's what EETimes says about InStat's new predictions: Some 31.8 million femtocell basestations will ship in 2014 while the CAGR of the market value of those femtocell shipments is set to be 83.6 percent for the period 2009 to 2014, according to market research company In-Stat. That puts the annual market for femtocells at above 3 million units in 2010 but In-Stat did not explicitly reveal a forecast on this. The faster In-Stat thinks the unit price for femtocells will decline the higher its unit number for 2010 should be. If there was no price decline the units would be 2.8 million in 2010. Meanwhile the market for microcell basestations will increase at a slower CAGR of 14.2 percent and the worldwide carrier-installed picocell CAGR is projected to be 378 percent by In-Stat, over the same period. The demand for femtocells is driven by 4G deployment with operators installing LTE and WiMax basestations in existing 3G locations because it's a quick and relatively inexpensive strategy that will let them get broad coverage quickly.
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