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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...

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 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...

Support for network transformation ongoing goal of SQUAN’s evolution

Wireless/wireline network design and build specialist creates new Technology Division Increasingly complex and converged wireless and wireline networks are a key to operator’s ongoing investments in LTE and 5G. Deep fiber, small cell densification, the internet of things and macro-level enhancements are needed both indoors...

Verizon connects US Navy installation in California

With a small-cell installation at Naval Base Coronado, Verizon bolstered cellular connectivity at a sprawling military installation which includes an island 70 miles off-shore, and successfully navigated the challenges of putting commercial wireless infrastructure on the grounds of a military base. Verizon recently highlighted the...

Whatever the smart city goal, fiber is part of the solution

Fiber connectivity underlies a wide range of smart city applications Smart city is something of a broad term that generally refers to using wired or wireless sensors to gather data which is feed into a compute infrastructure, analyzed, then used to initiate an outcome that...

SQUAN Chief Strategy Officer says fiber business is ‘booming’ as 5G takes shape

With executive-level reorg and acquisitions, SQUAN repositioning as end-to-end network services firm ORLANDO--During the Wireless Infrastruture Association's Connect X event this week, SQUAN's Keith Pennachio, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, discussed the wireless and wireline trends he sees as growth opportunities for the...

1+1=3: Small cells plus DAS (Reader Forum)

That math looks wrong, so perhaps we should explain? To shamelessly co-opt a quip from my Corning colleague Bill Cune, “Small cells and DAS go together like chocolate and peanut butter.” In this article, we’ll discuss the compelling math that really makes the headline...

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 unsung hero of 5G visibility–the network packet broker (Reader Forum)

The race to deploy 5G has begun around the world and it promises to make data access faster and more efficient. But, as mobile network operators (MNOs) such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile scale these networks, how do they maintain the visibility needed to...

Verizon VP of Network Engineering details upcoming mobile 5G launch

 mmWave propagation key to delivering mobile 5G Verizon will launch a 5G mobility service based on 3GPP's 5G New Radio standard in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11, a major milestone in a process that started more than two years ago, Vice President of Network...

5 keys to successful small cells deployment (Reader Forum)

Small cell volume is finally here.  If there was a tipping point it was 2018.  Wide-scale deployments in "NFL cities" started to overtake the sporadic pilots that had been hailed as the small cell successes to-date.  The technology is sound, the deployment approaches proven,...

BT calls for open access plan to use street furniture to deploy small cells

  BT said this initiative will speed up the deployment of 4G and 5G in city centers U.K. telecommunications group BT has called for an end to exclusive concessions agreements governing access to council-owned street furniture, in a bid to speed up the delivery of 4G...

Ericsson to boost 5G antenna capabilities with purchase of Kathrein unit

Kathrein segment acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of this year Ericsson is bolstering its 5G antennas portfolio, announcing its plans to acquire German company Kathrein's antenna and filters unit for an undisclosed sum. The purchase will bring about 4,000 additional employees to...

Fiber optic vs. 5G wireless networks: A closer look at an emerging debate (Reader Forum)

5G is the fifth generation of wireless networking. And while 5G doesn’t exist yet — and won’t be available for widespread use until the 2020s — the performance goals it promises are unprecedented for wireless networks. As a result, the projected performance of 5G has...

Small Cell Forum, CBRS Alliance partner to drive 3.5 GHz ecosystem

Small Cell Forum and the CBRS Alliance have agreed to work together to drive development and promote the adoption of OnGo solutions for the 3.5 GHz ecosystem. OnGo is the brand for LTE-based solutions for use in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band. The two organizations said that...

Optus, Ericsson to deploy 50 5G sites in Sydney and Melbourne

  The Australian carrier plans to deploy 1,200 5G sites across Australia’s main regions by March 2020   Australian carrier Optus has signed a partnership with Ericsson to deploy 50 5G sites across the cities of Sydney and Melbourne over the coming months as part of Optus’...

Deutsche Telekom to set up new 5G trials this year

  The German carrier aims to launch a new 5G trial near Frankfurt in Q2 Deutsche Telekom announced plans to set up new 5G test areas across Germany this year, the telco said in a statement. The operator said that it aims to launch a 5G test...

JCDecaux to help French telcos to deploy small cells in street furniture

  The global outdoor advertising company said that small cells will be deployed in ten cities across France   Global outdoor advertising company JCDecaux has announced that will provide support for French telecoms operators to roll out small cells in around ten French cities in 2019. The company...

T-Mo’s hometown adopts small cell master framework

The city of Bellevue, Washington, is preparing for 5G with the adoption of a new process to make small cell deployment easier. The city, where T-Mobile US is headquartered, said that its reexamination of its city code and processes were a response to the new...

Crown Castle has 20,000 small cell nodes in 2020 pipeline: CEO

  The firm aims to deploy between 10,000 and 15,000 small cells this year Crown Castle expects to deploy approximately 20,000 small cell nodes in 2020 and beyond, CEO Jay Brown said during a conference call with investors. The executive also confirmed that the company aims to...

FCC’s 5G order withstands initial legal challenge

The FCC order took effect on Jan. 14 Last year the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, with an eye on supporting domestic 5G deployment rollouts, passed an order superseding city-level controls associated with siting wireless infrastructure. The order kicked in on Jan. 14 following a Jan....

Terrestrial and extraterrestrial 5G: How are data center preparing for unlimited connectivity (Reader Forum)

The term “logging off” may soon cease to exist thanks to the much-anticipated arrival of 5G. The newest mobile network is set to roll out next year, with promises of flexible, reliable and secure wireless network access from just about anywhere. And we mean anywhere....

Phoenix Tower acquires Syscom for US small cell deployments

Phoenix Tower International is boosting its U.S. presence and small cell site portfolio with the acquisition of Syscom Telecom, a small cell deployment specialist. Phoenix Tower said that the purchase gives it 80,000 marketable small cell sites in the U.S. Financial terms of the deal...

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