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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...

FCC takes bold steps to win the race to 5G (Reader Forum)

A bit of background The deployment of the new 5G network presents a unique challenge to our regulatory system.  Far from the 100-foot lattice towers and monopoles of 3G and 4G past, 5G capability will largely be the task of small cell deployments in the...

What’s next for the wireless industry? Technology predictions for 2019 (Reader Forum)

The wireless industry has undergone dramatic changes this year. We’re moving ever-closer to 5G availability. The FCC held a vote on eliminating the personal use restriction in Part 20.21 for cell signal boosters, and LEED-certified buildings, while rising in popularity, contain materials that block...

Sprint spent $5 billion on its network in 2018

Sprint CTO highlights investments in small cells, massive MIMO and more Sprint CTO John Saw, in a recent blog post, described 2018 as a "banner year" for the carrier, which is moving toward a merger with T-Mobile US pending further regulatory reviews, but still executing...

Sprint CFO discusses pre- and post-merger strategic thinking

Current network investments key to merged Sprint, T-Mobile US Sprint CFO Andrew Davies, speaking earlier this month at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, described the network investment strategy that colors decision-making as regulators review a proposal for...

The pathway for indoor 5G is paved by hybrid DAS and small cells (Reader Forum)

By 2020, large-scale 5G commercial deployments are expected to begin with faster data speeds, increased bandwidth per unit, lower latency, and support for more connected devices. Before these deployments make their way across the U.S. and the world, there must be a standardized approach...

Arqiva, CityFibre deploy 5G-ready small cell pilot in London

  Arqiva said the small cell pilot will allow carriers to test 5G capabilities in Hammersmith and Fulham districts UK communications infrastructure firm Arqiva and compatriot fiber provider CityFibre have launched a pilot of wholesale, 5G-ready small cell infrastructure in London. The two partners said that the...

New considerations for deploying fronthaul to Small Cells (Reader Forum)

As revenue per bit falls and demand rises, mobile network operators (MNOs) are looking for ways to increase network capacity and reduce cost.  Trends for accomplishing this include densification, e.g., small cells, cloudification for resource “elasticity”, and centralization of the RAN, i.e., C-RAN.  A...

Verizon to expand network, presence in Boston

Verizon will "significantly expand" its LTE small cell network in Boston Verizon is deepening its network infrastructure relationship with the city of Boston, with an updated 10-year agreement that touches on everything from small cell deployments to the carrier's presence in the city and digital equity. Verizon...

Westell Technologies works with UK firm to develop OnGo small cell for enterprise

  Westell is working on an enterprise CBRS offering with ip.access Westell Technologies is currently working with U.K. firm ip.access on the development of a small cell product for enterprise that would use LTE in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum, the company’s President and CEO...

The 5G small cell opportunity for cable MSOs

Network infrastructure to support 5G roll-outs is a significant opportunity for cable companies, Dave Morley, director of 5G & Regulatory for Shaw Communications' Freedom Mobile, said during a recent panel presentation. Morley delved into the Canadian company's approach to small cell deployments in both a...

CTO talks network investments as Sprint takes LTE-A nationwide

Sprint deployed 19,000 2.5 GHz outdoor small cells in the last year In parallel with its Q2 2018 financial statement, Sprint announced it has deployed LTE-Advanced network technologies nationwide and is providing gigabit-class service in more than 225 cities. Sprint Chief Technology Officer John Saw,...

SCTE Cable-Tec 2018: CommScope talks CBRS development, small cell concealment

CommScope's director of network engineering talks CBRS, small cell concealment ATLANTA--With the finalization of the rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio service this week, CBRS is moving ever closer to commercialization. CommScope has been gearing up to support that commercialization for a number of years now,...

Crown Castle to deploy up to 15,000 small cells next year: CEO

  Crown Castle said its pipeline of contracted small cells nodes to be constructed over the next 18-24 months stands at 35,000 Crown Castle expects to deploy between 10,000 and 15,000 small cells in 2019, CEO Jay Brown said during an earnings call with analysts. “In addition...

City leaders come out against FCC over streamlined small cell order

Seattle to challenge FCC claiming federal overreach Last month 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...

Globe Telecom receives green light to deploy small cells in Manila

  The Philippine carrier aims to launch commercial 5G in the second quarter of 2019 Philippine operator Globe Telecom has inked an agreement with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to speed up the deployment of more than 120 cell sites in certain districts in Metro...

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...

Small Cell Forum focuses on enterprise, 5G

New work program focuses on small cells in the context of enterprise, 5G The Small Cell Forum is sharpening its focus on the large-scale deployment of small cells within the enterprise, laying out a new work program that it says "reflects the growing urgency to...

Driving network densification with small cells

A Q&A with CommScope on network densification for the transition from LTE to 5G As U.S operators light up 5G services in select markets this year, small cell is a key element of the network densification needed to provide high-throughput services using millimeter wave frequencies,...

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...

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