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Editorial Report: The challenges and opportunities of small cell network densification

As digital services evolve and users continue to demand faster speeds and higher availability, network densification is proving to be a key driver for enabling successful 5G networks. Small cells, in particular, are seen by operators as a method of increasing cellular network capacity,...

Qualcomm embeds deeper into the 5G Open RAN ecosystem with Rel. 16 small cell platform and accelerator card (Analyst Angle)

The floodgate of Mobile World Congress 2021 announcements has opened! 5G Open RAN will undoubtedly be the biggest theme among them. On the first day of the event, the 5G behemoth Qualcomm announced the world’s first 3GPP Rel. 16 Small Cell platform FSM200xx as...

Corning, EnerSys address power, fiber challenges in small cell deployment

The partnership will tackle two small cell deployment challenges: electrical power and fiber connectivity Corning announced that it is working with stored energy solutions provider EnerSys to speed up 5G deployment by simplifying the delivery of fiber and electrical power to small cell wireless sites....

WIA White Paper: DAS and Small Cells Evolve to Meet Today’s and Tomorrow’s Connectivity Needs

Technology advances increasingly blur the lines between the capabilities of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and other small cells. Many DAS networks have become less complex (at least easier to install) while small cells have become smarter. Building upon its 2013 report, the HetNet Forum has...

How to cost-effectively deliver multi-carrier in-building coverage

  Nextivity’s Supercell helps enterprises make the most of small cell signals There are three foundational facts that are shaping the in-building cellular market. We know that the vast majority of mobile traffic originates from inside buildings; similarly, we know that modern businesses, regardless of size,...

How machine learning can improve siting for small cells

Report: Put small cells "where there is high traffic demand but low signal quality" Small cell deployments have followed a few broad trends in the past few years. The first wave serve to fill in holes in network coverage; the next wave was used to...

Altran, T&W to accelerate 5G small cell deployment

T&W: Small cells are expected to be “a major building block” for 5G networks Mobile network operators are increasingly looking to small cell radio access nodes to densify capacity on LTE and 5G networks in order to increase capacity and support enhanced quality of experience...

Small cell densification will require new fiber and lots of it

Clearfield: RAN and core are obviously important but “none of that works without the fiber” The role of fiber optics in 5G deployment is an often-overlooked part of the conversation, but according Clearfield Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Morgan, the role of physical network infrastructure is...

Nextivity White Paper: Indoor Cellular Coverage Solutions 2019: Hype vs. Reality

A variety of solutions and technologies are available to facilitate cellular communications, but not all solutions to this problem are created equally. In addition, some technologies are marketed as a cure-all while the actual application may be somewhat narrower. By separating hype from reality, you...

Opposition to 5G small cell deployment spreads across US

Opponents consider 5G small cell installations to be at best an eye sore and at worst a serious health risk 5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology, will give consumers access to more information faster and make businesses more efficient, and will create an unprecedented level...

Court vacates part of FCC small cell deregulation order

FCC Commissioner: "It's time to go back to the drawing board" In an effort to accelerate small cell deployments in support of U.S. 5G leadership, the Federal Communications Commission last year adopted an order meant to streamline the review and permitting process associated with small...

Have FCC updates to small cell rules had an impact on deployment process?

In September last year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed an order meant to make it easier for operators to deploy small cells and other wireless infrastructure by superseding state- and local-level regulations. The regulatory body, which passed the rule change 3-1, characterized the...

The state of the small cell market: A Q&A with CommScope

As carriers bring 5G to market, delivering a consistent, monetizable service is largely dependent on network densification--beyond upgrades at the macro level, this ongoing investment will include large-scale deployment of small cells. For operators looking to harness millimeter wave spectrum, this is particularly important given...

Corning White Paper: Future-Ready Mobility

Every enterprise mobility infrastructure investment made today will be expected to migrate to 5G. Infrastructure with a future-ready posture will minimize the surprises in that LTE to 5G transition. Corning’s Future-Ready Mobility white paper shares best practices in developing a mobility infrastructure plan that includes...

Small cells and network densification 2019: Policy, Spectrum, Fiber and Mobile Networks

  Densification of cell sites and fiber networks has been ramping up in recent years as carriers cope with ever-increasing capacity needs and lay the groundwork for 5G. RCR Wireless News looks at the state of spectrum holdings, fiber deployments and how each of the...

Sprint discusses urban small cell strategies

Continued investments in network densification for both increasingly robust LTE networks, as well as 5G networks, represent a balancing act--location obviously matters, but considerations such as access to backhaul and interference from built-out urban environments all figure into the process. Here Sprint Regional Network...

The Age of Supercells: When the macro signal doesn’t penetrate into buildings

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the cellular coverage holes, dropped calls, unreliable connectivity, and poor reception that plague employees and guests inside middleprise buildings (i.e., those that are up to 500,000 sq. ft.). Carriers and system integrators have all been challenged by the demands...

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...

Update: FCC votes today on changes to small cell deployment rules

Massive small cell investment needed to support 5G The U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets later today to, among other things, vote on a proposal that will streamline small cell deployment rules and, if adopted, make it easier for carriers to build out small cell sites...

AT&T swapping Los Angeles IoT services for small cell sites

Carrier sees public/private partnership model as potentially accelerating small cell deployments Last week during Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, AT&T announced a major IoT project with the city focused on driving efficiencies in traffic management, public safety, natural disaster preparedness and other applications...

FCC order to streamline small cell deployments looks to speed 5G

FCC: Small cell order will create jobs, stimulate the economy The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Sept. 25 will vote on an order, proposed Sept. 4 by Commissioner Brendan Carr, that is designed to make it easier to deploy the small cell infrastructure, characterized by...

The spectrum game and the millimeter wave challenge (Reality Check)

Spectrum is an operators’ money pit, and its cash cow, and 5G is unlikely to change that any time soon. But in the era of 5G, the focus will change from “how much” spectrum to “what kind”. The path to 5G commercial rollouts is...

Driving network densification and delivering 5G with small cells

Cities vs. small cells The deployment of 5G is very much an exercise in network densification. Coming down from the macro tower, operators are deploying small cells and other integrated radio/antenna units connected to centralized baseband resources. And while regulators like the Federal Communications Commission...

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