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What is a small cell, really?

Analog Devices: 'There have been a lot of different uses of the term small cell' Despite the current emphasis on small cells operating in higher 5G frequencies, this infrastructure is not actually limited, or defined, by frequency. In fact, 4G small cells operate in sub-3...

#TBT: Galaxy S5 debuts; smartphone market starts to slow; what’s hot at MWC ’14 … this week in 2014

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Smartphone market starts...

HetNet News: Time Warner launches HotSpot 2.0 nationally

This week in small cell, distributed antenna system and Wi-Fi news: -- Time Warner Cable has added HotSpot 2.0 technology on most of the Wi-Fi access points in its national network, and says that it is "the largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country." The company is...

Analyst Angle: Small cell – what’s the deal (is it real?)

Small cells may be one of the hottest topics in the wireless infrastructure space today, but their impact has yet to show in the United States and many are beginning to question their relevancy:

Reality Check: Grasping the last piece of air in mobile coverage

The question we should be asking is what will happen if smart watches, devices like Google Glass and other wearable devices don’t have a strong enough mobile signal to work indoors?

Alcatel-Lucent partners with Qualcomm for small cells

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are teaming up to develop small cells for enterprise and residential deployments. The companies said they plan to jointly invest in the development of the next generation of Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio small cells using Qualcomm's FSM9900 family of small cell...

CTIA 2013: Verizon Wireless partners with Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent on small cell plans

LAS VEGAS – Verizon Wireless looks set to move aggressively into small cell deployments, announcing a deal with infrastructure powerhouses Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to add small cells to enhance the carrier’s LTE network. The deal with Ericsson calls for the infrastructure provider to provide its...

DAS Forum spreads focus, now HetNet Forum

Looking to expand its reach into the growing heterogeneous networks space, The DAS Forum announced this morning that it will be changing its name to the HetNet Forum. The news comes the day of the DAS Forum event being held in New Orleans, which...

HetNet News: Femtocell shipments up, 2013 expectations high

Femtocell shipments were up 66% in the final quarter of 2012, and this year is expected to be big as production and deployment of LTE femtocells ramp up, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Infonetics reported that the global femtocell market, which includes...

Video: Vendor perspective on the small cell space

Small cell deployments continue to be a big topic across the mobile space as carriers continue to look for ways to squeeze as much coverage and capacity from their current spectrum positions. Vendors supplying these solutions, whether they be femtocells, picocells, Wi-Fi or distributed...

Small cells in an evolving mobile data world (video)

The small cell market has established a beach head in the 3G world thanks to the deployment of femtocells, distributed antenna systems and Wi-Fi networks designed to allow carriers to offload traffic or densify coverage in areas where macrocells can’t handle the load. This...

Feature Report: Small Cells Set to be a Big Part of LTE

RCR Wireless News takes a deep dive into the current small cell space as it relates to LTE deployments, talking with carriers, analysts and equipment and technology providers on how the market is currently playing out and where they expect the market to be headed in...

NTT DoCoMo, Boingo bolster Wi-Fi plans with roaming, offload deal

Boingo Wireless’ Wi-Fi offering received a boost in Japan as the company has expanded its current relationship with the country’s largest wireless operator. That expansion now includes Wi-Fi roaming and data offload services for NTT DoCoMo. Boingo noted that the agreement will provide DoCoMo customers...

Femtocell market rebounds in Q3; Samsung regains No. 1 spot

Thanks to a surge in 3G sales, the femtocell market witnessed a 13% increase during the third quarter, hitting $132.7 million in worldwide sales, according to Infonetics Research. The firm noted 3G femtocells posted a 50% sales increase during the quarter, with consumer, enterprise...

Reader Forum: Small cells pose new questions for mobile operators – but can they answer them?

Mobile operators have long been adding closed access small cells (typically femtocells) in homes and businesses to address poor coverage. However, a shift over the last 18 months has witnessed operators

Brazil to regulate femtocells

Brazil has stepped further into the femtocell field. The board of directors of the Brazilian telecom regulatory agency, Anatel, has decided to subject the use of femtocell networks in personal and specialized mobile service to public consultation. The regulation of femtocells was expected. Over the past...

Analyst Angle: Goodbye ‘tower and power,’ hello hetnet

Almost every presentation at the conferences this year includes the “tsunami chart.” You know the one: It shows growth of mobile data demand, doubling every year.

Feature Report: Mobile Broadband Rush Propels Latin American Infrastructure Market

Even as LTE deployments begin in earnest, Latin American and Caribbean wireless carriers continue to focus investments on the expansion and improvement of 3G networks. Wi-Fi, femtocells, microwaves and towers are expected to receive the largest share of telecom operators’ investments and efforts. The...

Reader Forum: Changes, challenges and solutions for next-gen networks

Advanced mobile services such as LTE are forcing mobile operators to re-evaluate macro-focused network architecture. Even 3G service coverage maps are believed to be optimistic in many cases,

Reality Check: Why should you care about small cells?

Small cells consist of femtocells, picocells and microcells. They are defined by what they aren’t – traditional macro cell networks. Small cells exist to improve data and/or voice coverage via throughput for users

Sprint Nextel taps Alcatel-Lucent for LightRadio small cells

Alcatel-Lucent’s LightRadio offering garnered a significant domestic customer as Sprint Nextel said it will use the “metro cells” to augment coverage in high-traffic areas. Sprint Nextel noted that initial deployments would be to enhance indoor coverage and capacity improvements. The deployments are part of Alcatel-Lucent’s...

Telefonica partners with Ruckus on small cell deployment in London

Small cell technology continues to make inroads into carrier deployments as Ruckus Wireless announced today that Telefonica’s O2 operations in the United Kingdom has begun deploying its products for coverage across parts of London. Ruckus noted that the deployment uses its SmartCell 8800 products to...

Reader Forum: Selecting the right wireless technology for small cell backhaul

Most operators and market analysts agree that cost effective backhaul is the greatest challenge for wide scale small cell network deployments. The high cost, arduous city approval process and

Reader Forum: Wi-Fi vs. small cell – friends or foes?

There is a lot of buzz around the term “heterogeneous networks,” but a big reason for the attraction are centered around Wi-Fi and small-cell technologies and their business implication for major stakeholders

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