Corning acquires SpiderCloud to expand wireless network capabilities

Corning has announced the acquisition of SpiderCloud Wireless, a leading provider of in-building wireless solutions.

SpiderCloud will come under the Corning Optical Communications segment, where its expertise in developing scalable small-cell network platforms will be used to its full potential for delivering unprecedented coverage and capacity for wireless services and optimising network efficiency and improving user experience. This acquisition is set to open unique market access opportunities for Corning...

By Telecoms, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Small Cells.

Outdoor small cells will be ‘integral’ for operator networks – especially with transition to 5G

The outdoor smart cell market will become an integral part of mobile networks, according to new analysis from iGR.

The report argues that the main barriers to growing the outdoor small cell market have little to do with the technology itself and more to do with actual installation issues - power, backhaul, regulations, timelines, and overall cost.

Small cells will be playing an important role in the coming days as the demand for high-quality data services on LTE networks is continuously growing, with the...

By Telecoms, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Small Cells.

AT&T looks to invest in Minnesota for small cell networks, praises new law

AT&T has praised Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton for signing into law a new measure to streamline and standardise rules that will accelerate the deployment of small cell technology. The measure will help pave the way for the next generation of high-speed wireless services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, especially as the company enhances its network in preparation for the 2018 SuperBowl.

Small cell technology is an important building block for 5G. These small cells are basically...

By Telecoms, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Small Cell Forum secures help of General Motors and Marriott for enterprise advisory council

The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has launched its Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC) which will aim to work towards developing industry ties and working beside businesses and institutions to solve the issue of poor cellular coverage.

The EAC’s founding members are commercial real-estate services advisers Camden Livng and CBRE, General Motors, Grange Hotels, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Texas A&M University and WeWork, a shared office provider.

A target engagement campaign has...

By Telecoms, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Small Cells.

Small cell market saw ‘solid’ growth in 2016 with indoor deployments key

Global small cell rollouts delivered strong double digit year-over-year growth to the market last year, with 1.7 million units shipped and $1.5 billion in revenue, according to a research note from IHS Markit.

The research firm has released its H1 2017 “Small Cell Equipment Biannual Market Tracker” report, which contains data and analysis for the half-year ended December 31, 2016. Units shipped saw 43% growth year over year, compared to 26% for revenue figures.

According to the report, much of the...

By Telecoms, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Networks, NFV, Small Cells.

Why consumer IoT devices will deploy advanced security

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Looking across the overall Internet of Things (IoT) security landscape, it's clear that 'consumer IoT' should be viewed as a separate segment, given current trends in the implementation and adoption of robust security measures.

The consumer market is composed of a very wide range of hardware vendors - from large companies to crowdfunded startups. Competition in the market is high, but the IoT security value proposition is much more difficult to present to the end-user, relative to...

By David H. Deans, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, IoT, Security, Small Cells.

Nokia updates 5G and small cell roadmap in latest missive

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Nokia is looking to showcase its 5G roadmap and unveil technologies that will “be the basis of the next generation of dynamic networks”, the company has said.

At the upcoming IEEE Globecom 2016 event, Nokia will demonstrate how operators can maximise resources such as spectrum to deliver the vastly increased capacity and speed required to serve the expanded ‘fabric’ of connected people, machines and devices expected in the 5G era.

The company will be using its...

By Telecoms, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Small Cells.

Small Cell Forum urges greater focus from telecom regulators over HetNets and 5G

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The Small Cell Forum (SCF) hs called upon telecom regulators to help build a ‘consistent and supportive’ regulatory environments for deploying heterogeneous networks (HetNets) with the development of 5G technologies.

The organisation believes that dense HetNets stand as the backbone for pervasive and robust connectivity of underlying communications, which helps efficient utilisation of spectrum and network resources.

In order to support this initiative, SCF is...

By Telecoms, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

Small cells and 5G: What the Digital Economy Bill changes mean for operators

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The new Digital Economy Bill, referenced in The Queen’s Speech, has now been debated at its Second Hearing in Parliament and is now going through the process of eventually becoming law. Part of the Digital Economy Bill includes amending the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

The ECC has, among other provisions, guidelines for arrangements between landowners and mobile mast owners including restrictions for mast height and location. The ECC has not been drastically...

By Paul Carter, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

How mobile internet use drives more network expansions

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Mobile internet applications have grown exponentially over the last decade, especially within urban areas around the globe. Mobile network service providers have started to deploy small cell wireless communications technology to support the growing demand.

Outdoor small cell deployments were off to a slow start, but are now showing signs that they will grow significantly over the next several years, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS...

By David H. Deans, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Research, Small Cells.