Small Cells

  • 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.

  • Bouygues Telecom to deploy Alcatel-Lucent indoor small cells to boost 3G

    Bouygues Telecom 3G indoor Femtocells deployment with Alcatel-Lucent

    French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom is to use Alcatel-Lucent’s femtocell technology to provide a premium indoor 3G service to enterprise customers.

    AL’s Femto Enterprise V2.2 small cells product is a plug and play solution designed to extend network coverage in areas where a building’s walls are degrading the quality of a mobile signal, or in locations that are out of reach of the macro network.

  • Qualcomm debuts 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi small cells processor portfolio

    Qualcomm Atheros has announced an integrated 3G/4G LTE small cells processor portfolio designed for pico, metro and enterprise small cells, as part of a big push into the network infrastructure market.

    The vendor’s new FSM99xx portfolio features 28 nanometre chipsets and software designed to support operators’ concurrent 3G and 4G networks, dual carrier 4G with carrier aggregation, as well as hosting advanced Wi-Fi capabilities.

  • Axell Wireless bought by Cobham to expand DAS, wireless coverage

    Distributed antenna systems (DAS) provider Axell Wireless has been acquired by UK-based RF and antenna vendor Cobham for a fee that could rise to €100 million.

    Ian Brown, CEO of Axell Wireless, said the deal gave his company “a great opportunity to extend our leadership in the DAS and coverage market.”

  • Small cells roundtable live news blog

    Mobile Europe held its annual Small Cells Roundtable disussion on "The role of small cells in a 4G LTE world" with Alcatel-Lucent on Tuesday, 8 May 2013.

    The panel consisted of specially invited guests from the operator and analyst arena, discussing the impact of current and future developments in the small cells market on the operator business model.

    You can read the comments from the live news blog here.

  • Boingo teams with GOWEX to expand European roaming Wi-Fi network

    Boingo Wireless has announced a new partnership with public transport Wi-Fi specialist GOWEX that will expand its existing network across Europe.

    Boingo’s small cells network currently covers over a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations that enables one billion consumers worldwide to access more than 200,000 hotspots across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    The new deal sees an additional 1,400 GOWEX hotspots on public transport added to Boingo’s network in over 50 cities throughout Spain, France, Ireland and Belgium.

  • Cisco buys Ubiquisys for €242 million to expand small cells, LTE portfolio

    Cisco is acquiring LTE femtocell provider Ubiquisys for €242 million in order to strengthen its mobility expertise in delivering intelligent internet networks.

    Ubiquisys makes intelligent 3G and LTE small cells technologies that provide seamless connectivity across mobile heterogeneous networks for operators, such as its Smart Cell 3G/4G/Wi-Fi hotspots (read: Ubiquisys and Saguna team up to launch small cell-based caching solution).

  • Mobile backhaul market tops €6.2 billion, millimeter wave market to double

    The global mobile backhaul market has surpassed €6.2 billion, driven by HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE deployments, while the millimeter wave market is set to double in 2013, fuelled by LTE backhaul.

    According to Infonetics’ latest report, the global macrocell mobile backhaul equipment rose seven percent between 2011 and 2012 to €6.2 billion.

  • Small cell market to hit €2.1 billion by 2017 as LTE smartphone growth up 151%

    The small cells market is set to hit €2.1 billion by 2017, given the current pace of LTE rollouts worldwide, according to the Small Cells Equipment market size and forecast report from Infonetics Research.

    As a result, 4G small cell shipments are expected to overtake 3G shipments by the end of 2013.

    "2013 is shaping up as a kick-off year for small cells, driven by 4G small cells deployed for capacity upgrades," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.