Huawei has won a new agreement with Telecom Italia to roll out small cells in Italy, as well as launching a new project designed to advance network slicing.
Large scale adoption of small cells across Europe is at least three years away, the Small Cell Forum has claimed, as operators and vendors work to address regulatory, technical and commercial barriers.
5G will see an increase in operators' network densification plans, with non-residential deployments of small cells set to increase by over a third between 2015 and 2025.
UK mobile operators including EE and O2 have demonstrated indoor network sharing using small cells, which partner Huawei said paved the way to enhanced 4G coverage.
Swisscom is launching Gigabit LTE across its shops by deploying Ericsson's Radio Dot small cell system.
Barriers to deploying small cell backhaul equipment are gradually eroding but the market remains small amid challenges from other technology, ABI Research has claimed.
The Small Cell Forum has added nine new members as it looks to pave the way for the technology to underpin 5G networks.
Mobile network operators (MNOs) are under threat in the enterprise market from new entrants aggressively rolling out small cells using unlicensed and shared spectrum, a new report has warned.
O2 is using fibre-connected small cells to bolster its LTE-A network in the UK city of Aberdeen.
Huawei has commercially launched a solution to help service providers monetise their indoor small cell deployments across the likes of stadiums, campuses, transportation hubs and residential areas.
The Small Cell Forum is to tackle smart cities and smart buildings in a new partnership with the US-based Telecommunications Industry Association.
Nokia has refreshed its portfolio of 5G-ready products by launching new radio solutions, small cells and SDN.
Ericsson has launched three new small cell products as it looks to expand the market and prepare networks for increased connections via the Internet of Things and 5G.
Arqiva has gained access to 15,000 more sites in London as it seeks to roll out the UK’s first 5G fixed wireless access network.
Optical fibre and handset screen provider Corning has signed a deal to take over small cell company SpiderCloud Wireless for an undisclosed sum.
Vodafone has started trialling a new open-access small cell that backhauls over LTE in Spain and Turkey after gaining inspiration from an Italian popstar and traffic jams.
EE’s forthcoming drone fleet could be used for tasks as diverse as transporting network infrastructure to increasing coverage, according to the operator’s ‘Droneman’.
EE has used millimetre wave backhaul to connect one of its air-masts, which the mobile operator hopes to use to connect areas in emergency situations.
Increasing certainty around what 5G will look like has made 2017 a turning point for small cell investment, according to BT’s Director of Converged Networks, Research and Innovation.
The Small Cell Forum is aiming to tackle hyperdense network architecture, shared spectrum and the Internet of Things with its latest release guide for operators deploying the technology.
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