Small Cells

  • The changing test requirements of LTE small cells

    Ixia's test platform and UE simulator for LTE small cells.

  • The company behind SK Telecom's LTE small cell rollout

    "In Korea the LTE market is crazy..."

    Contela is supporting SK Telecom's LTE rollout with public access small cells, having already deployed more than 10,000 public access data femtocells, making it one of the most advanced rollouts globally. The company has designed software that allows its products to be co-ordinated with Samsung's macro layer equipment and to co-ordinate resource management within the small cell layer.

    "Now we're just doing this with Samsung only, but the plan is to expand to other vendors (NSN and Ericsson)," CMO Jang Ahn Kwon tells us. For more on how the industry can meet interference and co-ordination issues in the small cell layer, see our interview with ip.access' Nick Johnson.

  • Fujitsu's combined LTE-WiFi small cell

    Fujitsu shows off its combined LTE-WiFi small cell - ready to ship in September 2012.

    Mobile Europe readers may remember this demo from a year ago from PicoChip (now Mindspeed Technologies) and Interdigital, showing the combination and management of WiFi and LTE radio.

    Now Fujitsu has a product ready to roll in September 2012 that can intelligently select whether to use LTE or WiFi radio per service or application, or even combine the capacity of both for certain applications. They company's also considering a public access product combining 3G, LTE and WiFi.

  • When to deploy metro cells?

    When do operators think they will move to deploy metro cells, and how are they planning their metro cell rollouts?

    Keith Dyer hosts a debate with representatives from Everything Everywhere, Telefonica UK, Telecom Italia, Disruptive Analysis and Alcatel-Lucent that asks the question: "When to deploy metro cells?"

    In Part Two we hear how the panel thinks WiFi plays in all this (they don't agree) and about the options for backhaul. Finally, each speaker gives their individual answer to the question, "When to deploy metro cells?"

     

  • Carrier WiFi sales to reach $2.1 billion by 2016: Infonetics

    Sales growing but WiFi-cellular integration to bring challengers into market

    Infonetics Research has forecast carrier WiFi sales will "explode" to $2.1 billion by 2016, driven by the increased operator need to complement mobile data services and overcome spectrum challenges.

    The research company said that global revenue in 2011 for what it terms "carrier WiFi equipment" grew 35% from 2010, and forecast that sales would continue to grow in "high double digits" to at least 2016.

  • Transport hubs creating network stress (try being a passenger)

    Train station generating 20,000 data sessions an hour  - Actix

    Operators and their customers know that train stations and transport hubs form the worst network capacity hotspots, but data collected by network optimisation company Actix may surprise even some mobile network operations teams as to the scale of the issue.

    Analysing data from one un-named major city network (Mobile Europe's guess is that it is on a US network), Actix found that demand at peak time was leading to 75-90% of users being unable to connect to even a basic browsing session, and to a "stressed" network dumping thousands of users off the network.

  • Freescale ready for small cell challenge

    "The chips are ready" — Preet Virk, Director of Strategic Marketing, Networking Products Division, Freescale, says that the company's support for an open ecosystem has helped it meet demands for increasing connectivity and capacity at lower costs and power levels.

  • Three million small cells to drive $2.1 billion market by 2016

    Infonetics Research has put a value on the medium-term market for "small cells": it thinks there will be three million low power femto, pico and microcells sold in 2016, making a market worth $2.1 billion. The chief driver of small cell growth will be the need to derive extra capacity from existing spectrum, Infonetics said.

    "Mobile broadband is shifting the game to capacity upgrades," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. "Therefore, the chief objective is to complement and enhance the macrocell layer from a capacity standpoint with a new breed of low-power nodes like public space femtocells and WiFi."

  • Small cells changing shape of the industry

    Rupert Baines, of Mindspeed, tells Keith Dyer how operators' requirements increasing numbers and combinations of small cells are changing the make up of the industry.

  • The smallest small cell at MWC12?

    Did we find the smallest small cell platform at MWC12? Deltenna and Octasic, the partners that built it, think so.