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Small cells or massive MIMO: The best way to densify (Analyst Angle)

The saying “don’t reinvent the wheel” implies not repeating what has already been done.  In the early days of 5G, operators seem to heed that advice.  During the 4G era, operators relied on cell splitting via small cells in dense urban areas to increase...

Signal repeaters can extend the entire 5G spectrum, says WilsonPro: Q&A

Signal repeaters can offset the need for new 5G base stations, adding network density without additional infrastructure Increasing network capacity is critical for achieving the coverage and speeds promised by 5G; but obstacles like cost, time and community objection make building out the necessary number...

Is mmWave key to consumer 5G success?

Finding the right match for mmWave in consumer 5G means both identifying business cases and building technology to support them.

Can 5G mmWave deployments be profitable? Yes! Says Bell Labs Consulting

How do you confirm your gut feelings and logical reasoning? Well, you do a detailed techno-economic study and get a definitive answer. That’s exactly what the recently published report regarding mmWave deployments from the consulting arm of the legendry Bells Labs achieved.   The report finds...

What will the role of signal repeaters and boosters be in 5G networks?

Signal repeaters and boosters have shifted the conversation around network densification It is widely accepted that to achieve the coverage and speeds promised by 5G, it will be necessary to increase network capacity via the addition of more cell sites. However, the level of network...

5G networks will be dense and unforgiving: Why dynamic, automated inventory is critical (Reader Forum)

The evolution to 5G is off to a strong start among communication service providers (CSPs) and momentum is building. As of March 2020, 84 CSPs have announced plans to launch 5G, and 57 have already done so, according to Omdia’s 1Q20 report. These announcements...

How do mobile service providers handle the shifting economics of 5G (Reader Forum)

With the advent of 5G, mobile service providers (MSPs) have an estimated 50% bandwidth growth requirements, yet mobile/wireless is only about 10% of all global bandwidth. There conservatively needs to be a 2x growth in data capacity to support 5G, yet that currently linearly...

A balanced network densification strategy is key to 5G success

NB+C president: without a balanced network densification strategy, 'the backlash will be palpable by the entire industry’ For the last three decades, the demand for mobile data has grown exponentially. In fact, an IDC study reports that worldwide mobile data traffic has grown at a...

Making lemonade from lemons with mmWave signal repeaters

mmWave signal repeaters are a network asset, because mmWave's weakness is also its strength Increasing network capacity through the addition of more cell sites is critical for achieving the coverage and speeds promised by 5G. However, the sheer number of sites needed to get the...

Network densification will depend on traffic need, carrier capability

Nokia: 'Network densification key to enable 5G to deliver on the promise extreme speeds, ultra-low latency' While network densification is critical to truly deliver the benefits promised by 5G, like low latency and speed, it will not be heavily needed everywhere. According to Nokia's Global...

5G means new RAN architectures, densification and more fiber

  The rollout of 5G calls for radical changes in network architecture, technician knowledge and fiber deployed deeper into the network. To make sure those changes are successful and 5G transformations are done right the first time, operators and contractors need to revamp their testing...

Why 5G by stealth is the answer to future end-to-end coverage (Reader Forum)

$1.3 trillion will be spent on mobile networks across all technology generations in the next 5 years, and, according to the GSMA, a staggering 75% of this will be 5G investment. Yet despite the considerable CAPEX operators are prepared to invest in their 5G...

For fiber and small cells, Verizon follows an ‘integrated engineering process’

Verizon investing in fiber to create favorable economics Verizon is currently offering mobile 5G in four markets--Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Providence--with plans to activate next-generation cellular in parts of the 30 cities by the end of the year. At the same time, Verizon is deploying...

The 5G D-Day (Reader Forum)

What does this mean for building owners in practical terms and how will it benefit end users? After years of anticipation, the 5G network has finally arrived in the U.K. and the race is on between the operators for its widespread rollout. EE were the...

Increasing network complexity requires network lifecycle solutions

Following acquisitions and internal alignment, SQUAN is ready to provide turnkey network engineering and construction In May this year, during the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s 2019 Connect (X) event, SQUAN went through a rebranding of sorts. But announcing itself as a full-service network design and build...

Fiber, vRAN and densification: A Q&A with SOLiD

Network densification is about a lot more than beefing up macro sites and deploying new small cells. Connecting all of these radio sites and tying them back into the core, data centers and other ICT locations, is fiber optic cabling. And, given current and future densification needs, fiber...

Challenges and solutions to network densification

Given the pervasive challenges associated with network densification, particularly backhaul and site acquisition, and the emergence of 5G at millimeter wave frequencies, what can operators do to deliver the service their customers expect? Ericsson’s Martin Ljunberg, strategic product manager, small cell solutions, said...

Small cell densification: A Q&A with Airspan Networks

Growth trends in enterprise and operator small cell investments Small cell densification of LTE and 5G networks is a major priority for operators around the world. And given the vast addressable market opportunity using small cells to address in-building cellular experiences, there's significant growth in...

Analyst Angle: 5G introduction checklist

There is plenty of enthusiasm and quite a bit of hype in various quarters about upcoming 5G; but will it be worthwhile for everyone? The outlook for 5G is promising because growing mobile broadband data demand will saturate LTE capacity from around 2020. Only 5G...

Westell Technologies sees growing opportunities in network densification, 5G: CEO

  The company’s in-building wireless segment recorded revenues of $3.6 million in fiscal Q1 Westell Technologies is seeing increasing opportunities in areas such as network densification, in-building wireless, 5G and the internet of things, the company’s President and CEO Stephen John told investors during a conference...

Top network densification trials for 5G

Densifying the networks with small cells is a key part to making 5G a reality, but the most dense small cell networks are still in 4G. Network densification has been used in 4G LTE for a while. As the 3GPP standards committee meets in Busan,...

Analyst Angle: Small Cells — suddenly essential

The future of wireless networking depends on the widespread deployment of outdoor small cells. Not only are small cells essential for realizing the full potential of 5G, but they are also key to the success of LTE License Assisted Access (LAA). Paving the way...

Three operator trends to watch in 2018: Massive MIMO, LAA and NB-IoT

5G is going to be all about multi-gigabit-per-second speeds, support for the booming internet of things and ultra-low latency. But 5G isn't here yet. That said, operators are embracing the evolution aspect of LTE, using technologies including massive MIMO, License Assisted Access and more...

Sprint replaces CFO with former Altice CEO

Move comes on the heels of Altice MVNO agreement and major exec shuffle at Sprint Michel Combes, former CEO of cable company Altice, is set to become the new chief financial officer of Sprint effective Jan. 6, replacing Tarek Robbiati who is set to depart...

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