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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)

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 how mysteriously short the women's restroom lines at telecom trade shows tend to be.

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...

Small cell market spotlight: New York City

ZenFi CEO estimated that New York City most likely has around 10,000 small cells In January of this year, New York City regulators authorized a number of infrastructure providers to install small cell equipment on traffic and streetlights, bus shelters, public toilets and information kiosks...

Why small cells are a big part of 5G capacity (Reader Forum)

The deployment of 5G wireless technology over the coming decade is expected to rely on the deployment of many small cells. For example, the CTIA primer on small cells* estimates there will be 800,000 small cells in the USA by 2026. Mobile operators will look to...

5G ruled safe by panel of international experts

Mobile telephone radiation guidelines from 1998 only required minor updates for 5G Fierce opposition to the deployment of the 5G infrastructure has been popping up all around the world, from California to South Africa to Sweden. Small cell towers, which must be frequently placed, are...

Crown Castle to deploy 10,000 small cell nodes this year: CEO

  Crown Castle expects to deploy approximately 10,000 small cell nodes in 2020, the company's CEO Jay Brown said during a conference call with investors. “2019 was a terrific year, as we've successfully deployed approximately 10,000 small cell nodes,  making it the highest year of production...

Coverage first, everything else second, for in-building cellular investment

Transition an in-building cellular system from off-air to connected to a signal source With businesses and consumers being bombarded by advertisements touting the advanced features enabled by 5G, and building owners trying to make sense of the diverse technologies that fit under the "smart building...

#TBT: Small cells are gonna be big; Rise of the new tech giants; Early days of LTE … this week in 2012

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! Small cells: They're...

Focusing in on wireless in 2020 with 20/20 vision (Reader Forum)

Most would agree that while the wireless sector started 2019 off strong, it did not maintain its momentum for the whole year. Although 2019 wasn’t necessarily bad, it certainly wasn’t the sector’s best year in recent memory. Despite eye-catching headlines, much of this year’s...

5G delivers extreme performance requires new spectrum (Reader Forum)

Dependent on location, network, subscription and the handset used, the roll-out of 5G will herald notable changes in mobile network performance. For subscribers, 5G offers the much talked-about ‘enhanced mobile broadband’ . With its enhanced capabilities, 5G supports many more applications such as 8K...

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...

Crown Castle CEO sees growing opportunities with 5G in the US

  Crown Castle expects 5G technology to represent a growth opportunity for the company next year, the company’s CEO Jay Brown said during a conference call with investors. “We expect the elevated level of tower leasing to continue into next year. As 5G becomes a reality...

Deutsche Telekom tests new designs for 5G small cells

  Deutsche Telekom, Covestro and the Swedish Umeå Institute of Design (UID) are currently cooperating in a pilot project to test new creative designs for 5G small cells, DT said in a release. The German telco said that the partners are developing antenna housings that fit...

Is 5G a friend or foe to cable companies?

Wireless companies see 5G fixed wireless as alternative to wired home broadband NEW ORLEANS--On a January earnings call, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson characterized 5G as a viable replacement to fixed broadband, recalling how in the 1990s there was skepticism that wireless could serve as a...

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...

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