Nice to see that Gartner Research released their Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment earlier this month, you could view this as the final step in the industry hitting the mainstream. The report covers both Small Cells in licensed spectrum [3G & LTE] and Carrier Wi-Fi Equipment [stand-alone & integrated into femtocell and picocell equipment].
I’ve always been a fan of their so-called Hype Cycle, do you know it?
It’s a concept that visually shows the life of new technology moving from the fizzy concepts of infinite value and guaranteed success, through to a “trough of disillusionment” where cold reality bites, and finally ending with a gentler, rising curve of “enlightenment”. Which is where the real world problems get solved, true value is found and a snow-ball effect gathers pace from positive reinforcement.
It’s no surprise that Gartner has, over the last year, mapped small cells rising up the enlightenment curve and now written this full market report.
ip.access has been positioned as an energetic and disruptive force in the marketplace, its great to be ranked a strong Challenger. No doubt helped by the fact we are deploying Enterprise solutions around the world and supply to the world’s largest 3G residential femto solution (well over a million small cells) we definitely feel our customers are “ enlightened” and building their snow-balls. Most importantly a big THANK YOU to all our customers for trusting us to deliver robust and reliable solutions into their network. They are very much enlightened to the benefits of small cells.