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How are US carriers approaching small cell densification?

When it comes to small cell densification in the U.S., markets can be segmented by their current stage of deployment Mobile wireless data traffic in the U.S. hit another record high in 2020, topping 42 trillion MBs, which represents a 208% increase since 2016, according...

Editorial Webinar: 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,...

What are the top small cell use cases and places?

Sport complexes, concert halls and other enclosed venues are promising scenarios for a small cell deployment Small cells can be deployed indoors or outdoors and in licensed, shared or unlicensed spectrum, making them a versatile coverage and capacity solution. However, for Rex Chen, director of...

Is powering small cells the greatest densification challenge?

CommScope director of engineering: 'When densification increases so does the amount of power' In the U.S., operators are expected to deploy five to 10 times more small cells than macro cells, and CTIA has forecasted that by 2026, more than 800,000 small cells...

#TBT: KT plans 5G launch; Verizon tests mmWave; Sprint’s Magic Box is hot … this week in 2017

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! KT plans its...

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: AT&T takes a Leap; Ericsson debuts the Radio Dot; US leads in LTE subs … this week in 2013

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! AT&T takes a...

Editorial Webinar: 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,...

Building Small Cells The Fast And Easy Way: The Story Of Helicore With Kevin Russ And Josh Dotson

While 5G services are in demand, the deployment of this technology can often cause disruption. The Helicore team has found a fast and easy solution to the disruptions caused by 5G densification and deployment – building small cells. In this episode, Carrie Charles interviews...

Crown Castle CEO: 5G deployments have driven historic level of tower activity

Crown Castle is experiencing the highest level of tower activity in the company’s history due to 5G deployments in the U.S., the company’s CEO Jay Brown said during a conference call with investors. “We continue to generate significant growth in cash flows and dividends from...

Nokia, Proximus claim world’s fastest live fiber network with 25G PON

Nokia and Belgian operator Proximus turned on what it claims to be the world’s fastest fiber access network in Antwerp, Belgium. Operating over existing fiber and Nokia equipment deployed in the Proximus network, the first 25G PON live network connects the Havenhuis building in the...

Crown Castle ends Q1 with 40,000 towers: CEO

Crown Castle finished the first quarter of 2021 with 40,000 towers and approximately 80,000 small cells on-air or committed in backlog as well as 80,000 route miles of fiber concentrated in the top U.S. markets, the company’s CEO Jay Brown said during a conference...

LG Uplus selects Nokia to provide indoor 5G small cells solutions

Nokia signed an agreement with Korean operator LG Uplus to expand 5G coverage by installing small cell solutions from Nokia’s AirScale portfolio across the country, Nokia said in a release. Under the terms of the deal, Nokia will install its small cell AirScale Indoor (ASiR)...

The Sunday Brief: Infrastructure to the rescue (part 1)

Mid-winter greetings from Atlanta (Truist Field pictured) and Lake Norman, NC.  We extend heartfelt prayers and well wishes for all our Texas readership who are learning to cope with the impacts of last week’s storm.  This has been a crazy winter for many, but...

Well, technically… zoning for small cells requires an updated process: Miller, Miller & Canby’s Cathy Borten (Ep. 30)

Cathy Borten is a legal associate at Miller, Miller & Canby in Rockville Maryland where her work in real estate transactions and leasing has revealed to her the policy and zoning challenges that telecom providers are up against as they seek to install 5G...

Crown Castle ends 2020 with 50,000 active small cells: CEO

Crown Castle finished 2020 with approximately 50,000 small cells on air, and has increased its backlog of small cells committed or under construction to approximately 30,000, the company’s CEO Jay Brown said during a conference call with investors. In the call, the executive also highlighted...

T-Mobile US to expand 5G network via new deals with Ericsson, Nokia

T-Mobile US announced five-year, multi-billion-dollar agreements with Nordic vendors Ericsson and Nokia to continue expanding its 5G network nationwide. Part of the network investment following last year’s merger with Sprint, these new deals will enable T-Mobile US to add 5G coverage, capacity, speed and advanced...

Verizon: ‘We’re right on plan with our fiber build’

Verizon’s Kyle Malady provided an update of fiber progress at virtual conference Earlier this week, Verizon’s Executive VP & CTO Kyle Malady spoke with Eric Luebchow, a Wells Fargo associate analyst at the Well Fargo TMT Conference, offering an update and some insight into the...

TIM, INWIT to deploy small cells to boost 5G coverage in Italian cities

  Italian carrier TIM and cell tower company INWIT started a collaboration to deploy small cells in Italy’s major cities with the aim of supporting the development of 5G. The two companies said that the collaboration will begin in the cities of Milan and Genoa where...

Qualcomm goes big on 5G infrastructure platforms

Nokia taps Qualcomm 5G RAN platform for indoor Smart Node base stations Continuing its momentum in supporting 5G infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., today announced a "full portfolio of 5G infrastructure semiconductor platforms," including support for macro base stations supporting massive MIMO arrays and "micro base...

Well, technically… we need a sustainable method for deploying small cells: Kelly Richards, Raycap (Ep. 14)

RCR Wireless News · Well, technically... we need a sustainable method for deploying small cells (Ep. 14)   Kelly Richards, senior vice president of sales at Raycap, talks the importance of future proofing our networks and of incorporating sustainable products into network architecture. We also discuss...

After years of material research, Raycap releases 5G concealment panel

The material used in the 5G concealment solution has 'minimal losses in the range of 24, 28, 39 GHz frequency bands' Telecom infrastructure provider Raycap has released a new drop-in 5G small cell panel upgrade for concealed 4G deployments. Called the InvisiWave Screen Panel, the...

European Commission proposes no 5G small cell planning permission obligations

5G small cell antennas must meet certain physical and technical criteria In an effort to accelerate 5G small cell adoption across the European Union (EU), the European Commission (EC), after specifying the physical and technical characteristics of small cell equipment, has recommended that this type...

T-Mobile US: ‘We’re ready to leapfrog’

A year ago at Connect(X), T-Mobile US executives were celebrating the fact that the Federal Communications Commission was on a path to approve the carrier's merger with Sprint. CTO Neville Ray gave a keynote address at the event in Orlando, Florida. A year later, after...

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