Small Cells

  • JDSU purchases Arieso for €65.3 million to expand small cells market reach

    Optical and test and measurement vendor JDSU has acquired location-aware mobility solutions provider Arieso for €65.3 million as it looks to expand its position in the small cells and mobile network optimisation markets.

    Based in the UK, Arieso offers location-aware software solutions that enable mobile operators to boost their 2G, 3G and 4G LTE network performance and improve subscriber experience by analysing big data.

  • Femtocell sales up by 66% in 2012 Q4 and growing rapidly, says Infonetics

       The global femtocell market, which includes 2G, 3G and 4G femtocells, has grown for the third straight quarter, according to a research firm.

    Infonetics Research has announced that the market grew by 66 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, while for the whole of last year sales totalled €327 million, up 21 percent on 2011.

  • MWC 2013: Small cells – is the industry trying to run before it can walk?

                               At Mobile World Congress 2013 last week, the Small Cell Forum announced its latest market status report, which revealed three key results.

    First, the total number of small cells deployed globally increased from 6.4 million to 10.8 million in the last three months of 2012. Second, femtocells number 9.6 million and now outnumber macrocells. 

  • Nokia Siemens Networks debuts Smart Wi-Fi, expands small cells portfolio

    Nokia Siemens Networks has launched a new solution designed to seamlessly integrate wireless local area networks (WLAN) with mobile networks by creating a heterogeneous network with traffic steering capabilities.

    Entitled Smart Wi-Fi, the solution consists of four elements - Smart Wi-Fi Connect, Smart Wi-Fi Converge, Smart Wi-Fi Optimize and Smart Wi-Fi Personalize.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks, Panasonic to develop LTE-A for NTT DoCoMo

    Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic Mobile have secured a deal to provide Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo with next gen LTE-A mobile broadband network architecture.

    The two companies, who have been collaborating on LTE for NTT DoCoMo since 2007, will be providing the operator with high-capacity base stations with an initial equipment capacity of 300 Mbps and cloud-based services architecture.

  • ZyXEL uses Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells to extend residential 3G services

    Mobile broadband solution provider ZyXEL is trying to improve the quality and coverage of 3G mobile broadband services in the home by integrating Alcatel-Lucent’s residential small cells software into its consumer networking devices.

    3G coverage in the home can often be poor due to a weak signal, which can either be caused by the building structure impeding the signal, or by the physical distance of the building from the operator’s base station.

  • Infonetics confirms "retro-SON" deployments


    Infonetics analyst Stéphane Téral has confirmed, in a recent report, that mobile operators are increasingly deploying SON techniques - written into the 3GPP standards at LTE level - to help them manage their 3G networks.

    Téral interviewed operators for his latest market survey: SON and Optimization Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey. He found that while SON is up and running in a few LTE networks around the world, some of the large incumbents have deployed SON as the key optimization tool in their 3G networks as well.
  • 98% of operators say small cells essential: Informa analyst report


    Vodafone Greece launches free public access location-based small cell service

    Operators are preparing to deploy million of small cells per year over the next five years as new business models begin to appear, according to analysts. 

    The Small Cell Forum’s Market Status Report, produced this quarter by Informa TM analyst Dimitris Mavrakis, has reported that there are now six million small cells in service across 46 operator femtocell deployments globally, with “several” operators now reporting deployments with hundreds of thousands of femtocells.

  • Cities will need 40 small cells per square kilometre by 2015: Actix


    The number of cells required to meet the capacity demands of just one square kilometre of a busy city centre will increase to more than 40 by 2015, according to Actix, which predicts a radical and rapid change in mobile infrastructures to meet soaring data demand.


  • Huawei launches WiFi management software for operators

    Huawei has launched wSight, a "carrier-grade" system for the operation and management of WLANs.

    An increasing number of operators are deploying WLAN in hotspots that experience highly concentrated user activity, presenting challenges for network deployment, configuration, and O&M. Huawei’s wSight addresses these challenges.
  • Small cell buzz obscuring DAS reality


    The majority of operators are still using DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) in their mobile networks for coverage in large venues, and will continue to do so despite all the talk about using small cells to boost capacity, according to Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

  • Telco Systems targets small cell backhaul with demaraction product


    Telco Systems is targeting the small cell mobile backhaul market with what it is claiming is the smallest, densest and smartest Ethernet demarcation device on the market.

  • Alcatel-Lucent boosts small cell backhaul portfolio

    Alcatel-Lucent has pressed the "refresh" button on its set of solutions around mobile backhaul. Most of its moves are aimed at bringing greater options to small cell backhaul options, as evidenced in last month's partnership announcement with small cell millimetre wave provider Sub10 Systems.

  • O2's London small cells grab 20% of all data traffic


    Telefonica O2 UK has seen around 5-10% of its 3G data traffic being carried over WiFi across the areas where it has installed free public access WiFi in central London. The access points are also carrying about the same amount of traffic from non-O2 customers, meaning that of all O2's data traffic in the areas covered 20% is now going over WiFi.

  • SpiderCloud deepens enterprise small cell integration with Mindspeed

    SpiderCloud Wireless has announced that its small cell software smarts will be integrated into a customised baseband processor by Mindspeed Technologies, developing a processor solution that puts the company's proprietary self-organising network and scalable system features onto Mindspeed's System on Chip (SoC).

    The aim of the collaboration is to produce an in-building coverage and capacity product, optimised for use in enterprises and businesses, that is scaleable and efficient in terms of its use of network resources.

  • ip.access says LTE small cell now with five customers

    ip.access has shipped an LTE-only version of its E-100 dual mode access point to five customers for laboratory and field trials. The company described this as an important staging point in the process of moving towards full commercial deployments and said that the shipments represent the company’s first LTE product shipments.

    Announcing the shipments, ip.access CEO Simon Brown said, “Customer interest has been strong in the E-100 and we have invested in accelerating the programme in order to meet that demand.

    "Indeed, our commitment to increased R&D into understanding and delivering on all the end-to-end requirements of the developing small cell network layer – from access points to network gateways and management systems – is now paying dividends; gaining recognition and support from network operators, system integrators, our partners and the industry in general.”

    The E-100 is a small cell Access Point targeted for use in enterprises and public indoor environments. The device will provide simultaneous 4G and 3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 42 Mbps respectively and will also be able to support WiFi as an optional module.

    ip.access founder and CTO Nick Johnson said: “Small cells will have a vital role to play in delivering LTE's promise of high-speed data for the mass-market and the E-100 will allow operators to quickly deploy that capacity exactly where it is needed.”

    The E-100 will be integrated into ip.access' nanoConverge end-to-end small cell solution architecture, allowing operators to deploy the E-100 alongside the company's existing 3G small cells using the same gateways and network management system.

  • Ubiquisys raises $19 million to attack public access small cell opportunity

    Ubiquisys has raised $19 million in a funding round it termed "over-subscribed". The company said it would use the money to develop products that address the needs of operators deploying public access small cells.

  • The intelligent small cell

    Is there a need for the intelligent small cell? Intel and Ubiquisys both think so, arguing that distributed network intelligence can boost the user experience and lower the total cost of ownership of mobile networks.

  • How to provide timing in small cell networks

    Symmetricom's Manish Gupta on why a software-based approach is critical to providing synch and timing in small cells networks that will feature a variety of backhaul types. Note, Gupta's full job title is VP, Marketing and Business Development, Symmetricom.

  • NEC's new small cell products

    NEC brings new products to Small Cells World Summit 2012, including the result of a partnership with Spidercloud Wireless for in-building coverage that, Martin Guthrie says, is easier and quicker to instal and manage than rival DAS solutions.