Small Cells

  • 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.

  • 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.