Small Cells

  • Virgin Media Business trials “zero touch” millimetre wave backhaul

    Virgin Media Business has completed a trial of a millimetre wave small cell backhaul network, with installation time of a radio taking less than 15 minutes.

  • BT, Neul join new IoT pilot in UK

    BT and M2M specialist Neul have joined a consortium of companies to build a city-wide M2M network in England, with the two businesses installing a network of base stations across Milton Keynes.

  • NEC brings indoor small cell solution to Sunrise

    NEC is deploying its residential small cell product in Swiss operator Sunrise Communications' network to help boost in-building coverage for residential customers.

  • CCS hails China Telecom small cell backhaul trial

    Cambridge Communication Systems has announced the successful trial of its self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system with China Telecom.

  • Small cells to move on from disappointing 2013, with 4G fuelling growth

    The small cell market is set to put a disappointing 2013 behind it by experiencing growth of 65 percent by the end of this year, according to new research from Infonetics.

  • NSN next to debate 5G puzzle, with small cells key to unlock it

    Small cells will be central to the implementation of 5G technology, according to NSN, as the industry gears up for the next talking shop about the future of wireless technology.

  • Enterprises to dominate femtocell market

    Enterprises are set to dominate the femtocell market, accounting for 97 percent of a sector worth €3.1 billion by 2019, according to new research.

  • Cisco and CloudBerry reveal small cells updates

    A wide-ranging update to Cisco's small cells portfolio, including adding 4G LTE capability to its Universal Small Cell solution, and CloudBerry launching an operator neutral small cells service were among the key announcements at Mobile World Congress.

    As well as introducing 4G LTE capability, Cisco is also launching its first multimode small cell that provides 3G, 4G and carrier grade Wi-Fi through a single access point. The vendor said the launch was in response to growing demand from enterprises and operators to provide connectivity across a range of mobile devices.
     

  • A-L, Huawei, Cisco voted “most important backhaul providers”

    Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and Cisco's ability to get the most out of capex has lead to the vendors being voted the most important mobile backhaul providers.

  • NSN launches 3D maps product for small cells, enhances Single RAN portfolio

    NSN has launched a new 3D mapping service to aid the deployment of small cells, as well as enhancing its Single RAN Advanced portfolio.

  • Ericsson unveils small cell as-a-service and virtual Evolved Packet Core


    Ericsson has announced the launch of a small cell as-a-service product and a suite of virtualised network applications ahead of Mobile World Congress.
     
    The small cell as-a-service solution is the latest to target areas with high volumes of people consuming a lot of data, such as stadiums or busy shopping streets. 
     
  • NSN unveils network outage predictor in pre-MWC product blitz

    Nokia Solutions and Networks has launched a service that can predict potential network outages and beefed up its carrier aggregation (CA) software to enable 450MBps, amid a glut of pre-Mobile World Congress announcements.

  • Alcatel-Lucent unveils 600,000 potential small cell sites for operator use

    Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled a new plan to boost metro small cell mobile network coverage by certifying some 600,000 locations on billboards, cable lines and street furniture in Europe and the US.
     
    The initiative, dubbed the Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program, initially brings together nine providers designed to remove the challenges associated with site acquisition and backhaul.
  • Cloud RAN is tempting but will cost €2.5 billion before savings can be seen

    Virtualising mobile network functions to save costs sounds tempting, but analysts warn that operators will have to foot a €2.5 billion capex bill over the next five years before they will be able to use cheaper cell site equipment.

    According to a new report by Maravedis-Rethink, “Tearing the Network Apart: The Economics of the New RAN to 2018”, a $100 (€72) cell site is possible by 2020, but not until operators have first invested a great deal into LTE RAN equipment, new servers and significant software upgrades.

  • Small cells market not growing as fast as anticipated, says new report

    Growth in the small cells market is not happening as fast as expected, a new report has claimed.

    Infonetics’ latest Small Cell Equipment survey shows that the small cell market will grow at a 48 percent compound annual growth rate, to  1.77 billion, from 2012 to 2017.

    In the same survey last year, however, the research firm predicted that the market would grow at a 73 percent CAGR.

  • Ericsson unveils Radio Dot System to solve in-building coverage issues

    Ericsson has unveiled a new small cells radio system that aims to solve the challenges mobile operators face with in-building coverage.
     
    The vendor’s Radio Dot System is small enough to fit into a person’s hand, weighs 300 grams and features an antenna element, or “dot,” which delivers mobile broadband access to users.

  • Vodafone Netherlands to deploy pioneering SpiderCloud E-RAN small cells

    Vodafone Netherlands has selected SpiderCloud Wireless to provide its pioneering scalable small cells for the operator's in-building coverage offering for the enterprise market.
     
    SpiderCloud's world-first Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) solution claims to be able to deliver reliable mobile services indoors for enterprise customers of any size using a Services Node (SCSN) that can control over 100 multi-access small cells powered by the enterprise-Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN).
  • Telefónica selects Alcatel-Lucent to deploy indoor 3G femtocells in Germany

    Telefónica O2 has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to deploy femtocells to boost indoor 3G mobile broadband coverage for enterprise customers in Germany.  

    A-L will be providing a “plug-and-play” femtocell solution that includes both femtocell gateways as well as modems.

  • Scartel chooses NEC to supply first LTE small cells base station in Russia

    Russian mobile operator Scartel, parent of Yota, has selected Japan-based vendor NEC to supply the first LTE microcell base stations in Russia, which will be used to provide commercial services.

    In order to speed up 4G LTE roll outs, Russian mobile operators are using Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) technology, which enables multiple operators to provide services while sharing the same base station.

  • Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm team up to develop next gen small cells tech

    Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration to develop next generation small cells base stations to enhance 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks.

    The two vendors said they are keen to accelerate the adoption of small cells, which can ease mobile data traffic congestion on wireless networks, particularly in urban areas, shopping malls and other enterprise venues.