Small Cells

  • 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.
  • 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.