Cellular Infrastructure Investment will Skyrocket in the Coming Years

The infrastructure investment in cell towers is expected to be $40B in 2011. I think this number will skyrocket in the coming years.

After my latest post on LTE’s sketchy reception, I got thinking about femtocells, microcells and picocells. I think that these will become necessary as the service providers are planning to offer more and more coverage and speed, but will not be able to keep up with demand in more populated regions. Expect infrastructure spending to increase more than two-fold… perhaps to $100B by 2015.

Brief explanation on the various cell base stations:

Each of these are versions of cellular base stations are designed to provide cellular service within a particular range, which is much smaller than the range a cellular tower provides. They are particularly helpful to create increased network capacity in very dense areas, such as malls and train stations. And if there is a sporting event that will bring in a flood of people (and with them increased network demand), these base stations can be deployed relatively quickly to account for that.

A femtocell has a range of about 35 feet. Picocells have a range of 650 feet or less. And microcells have a range just under 1 mile.

Puja Abid, VP of Marketing, Mushroom Networks, Inc. 

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