Small Cells

  • 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.