UK-based company IP.access is one of only a handful of big players in a potential $22bn market. This prediction for 2016 was voiced at the telecommunications industry’s annual Mobile World extravaganza in Barcelona by one market observer, Informa Telecoms & Media, commissioned by IP.access’s industry trade body, the Small Cell Forum.

Cambridge-based company IP.access makes small cells – low-powered wireless mobile access points – rapidly being adopted to improve telecoms coverage by mobile operators in favour of traditional, higher-powered macro-cells.

Informa estimated the market was set to grow from almost 11 million units today to 92 million units in 2016. IP.access said last month it had become the first 3G small cell provider to ship a million residential units, one of a type of small cell.

Nagraj Kashyap, who leads US-based chipmaker Qualcomm’s corporate venturing unit, Qualcomm Ventures, said: “We looked at IP.access because we were an early believer in…

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