Femtocells are cellular base stations used to provide wireless connectivity for mobile devices such as smart phones. The global femtocell device market was valued at $220.0 million in 2012 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 42.9% during 2013-2020. Increase in applications of Smartphone for availing value added services has fueled the growth of femtocell market. Reductions in cost of electronic equipments such as mobile phones, laptops and other internet devices have increased the demand for femtocell. The growth of femtocell market in developing economies is hampered due to the higher cost. High initial investment required for the setup and the limited usage in home based applications of femtocell does not justify the investment made by consumers in the Asian countries. Flexibility in networking technology trends is also reducing the revenue for femtocell device and service market. The global femtocell market has enormous potential in developing economies in future, as companies are trying to explore the untapped market of mobile users, especially in China and India.
The global femtocell market is expected to grow in the U.S. and it is estimated to be the fastest growing market among all other markets during analysis period. Developed countries such as Europe, Australia, and U.K. have a higher adoption rate of femtocell technology as compared to developing countries. This is mainly due to cost involved in femtocell applications. Due to alternate technologies and their penetrations, the femtocell market prices are expected to decrease in the Asian market. Similarly, mobile network service providers are promoting the application of femtocell in developing countries. The network service providers are using femtocells as compared to conventional broadband services in commercial applications due to their effectiveness in enterprise market. The key market players operating in this market are generating competitive advantage by adopting strategic agreements and collaborations for developing novel products and services. The most dominant players operating in this market include Ubiquisys, Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung, Huawei Technologies and Airvana. These players are adopting partnership as a strategy with small players, to offer them domain expertise for femtocell technology.
Key companies included in company profiles are, Airvana, Inc., UbeeAirWalk, Inc., Alcatel Lucent, Nokia Solutions and Networks B.V, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Ubiquisys Ltd., Aricent, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Vodafone Group, Plc. and China Mobile Ltd.
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The growth of femtocell market is hampered by high equipment cost associated with femtocell. Lack of investment in R&D to introduce novel types of femtocell is increasing the cost of femtocell, which is not feasible for customers who expect too much and will to pay too little. Hence, companies involved in manufacturing of femtocell are making investment in R&D in order to decrease the cost of femtocell equipment. This would lead to generate competitive advantage for femtocell equipment market.
Smartphone applications have increased the importance for femtocell market and are boosting the growth in telecommunication market in developed countries. Commercial applications of Smartphone are influencing the current market situations; however, emergence of novel networking technologies is expecting saturation for commercial applications of Smartphone.
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