Research: 5G will generate $247 billion revenue in 2025

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According to research by ABI, mobile operators should prepare to welcome a big paycheck in 2025 as 5G is expected to generate $247 billion revenue. This growth will be fuelled by the North America, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific markets. 

“5G will be a fast growing cellular technology, most probably faster than preceding generations including 4G,”...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Operators, Small Cells.

Verizon prepares for Super Bowl 50 with $70m network upgrade

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Around 80 – 100k people attend Super Bowl each year, but the proliferation of mobile phone use during the event for socialising, travelling, and "second screen" experiences has put a capacity strain on networks. 

To help ensure its customers don't suffer during the upcoming Super Bowl 50, Verizon has announced that it has invested $70 million in upgrading its...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Small Cells.

Issues faced with Small Cell & CRAN deployments – and how to overcome them

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Many people believe you can just go and install a small cell or a RRH (Remote Radio Head) on a pole and you’re done. Well, there is a lot more to it. The real deployment problems begin when you are selecting your sites. Here are some of the most common issues: 

Selecting Mounting Assets 

If you are new to deployment then maybe you believe you can mount the...

By Wade Sarver, 17 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Small Cells, Telematics, Wireless.

Opinion: BT and EE partnership will reduce 'not spots'

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Broadband provider, BT, has confirmed its intention to acquire the UK's biggest mobile network which could be a major step in providing coverage to mobile ‘not spots’ where residents are struggling with limited or complete lack of connectivity.

Earlier this week, the UK government published a map of public digital infrastructure (

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural, Small Cells.

Better Together: 4G Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi

A recent survey revealed that tier-one mobile network operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during 2014 to come from Wi-Fi offload, according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance.By 2018, Wi-Fi offload is predicted to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity -- plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.These findings demonstrate how important data offload is to mobile network operators, accounting for an average of 20 percent of data traffic, up to 80 percent in densely populated areas such as transport hubs and...

By David H. Deans, 28 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Small Cells, WiFi.

Virgin Media Business gets ready for small cells

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As the talk of small cells heats up, so does the need for backhaul. I recently met with Virgin Media Business (VMB) to discuss backhaul for small cells. The company has a fiber-rich network within major population centers in the UK and provides wholesale mobile backhaul services to mobile providers in the country.

VMB has been developing a concession-based small cell-as-a-service (SCaaS) offering using a mesh network architecture that combines its fiber...

By Ovum Research, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Small Cells.

Why small cells are poised for growth in Latin America

Small cells mean big changes for mobile networks

Already an important element in 3G networks globally, small cells enable network coverage to be easily extended to accommodate data growth, especially in busy outdoor areas. However, as operators move to 4G/LTE networks and introduce heterogeneous networks (HetNets), small cells become even more important. Why?  Because LTE technology promises higher bandwidth in the radio interface, end-users also expect better service, lower latency and more throughput. This...

By Tellabs, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, LTE, M2M, Networks, Small Cells.

Alcatel-Lucent’s "Shift Plan" for wireless – focusing on LTE and small cells

On June 19 Alcatel-Lucent’s new CEO Michel Combes announced the company’s latest strategy to turn around the faltering network equipment vendor. Dubbed “The Shift Plan,” in broad terms it changes the company’s focus from being a network generalist to focusing on IP networking and mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access technologies. While the merits of the full plan warrant a discussion all their own, here we are analyzing the impact of the Shift on the company’s wireless...

By Ovum Research, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Small Cells.

Mobile operators risk backhaul gap in LTE networks

Mobile operators are adopting LTE at rates even faster than 2G and 3G. As operators race to stay ahead of mobile data demand, LTE is one key to the future.

Tellabs commissioned a new study by industry analyst Strategy Analytics on LTE mobile backhaul. The findings were surprising – and alarming.

If operators continue to invest in mobile backhaul for LTE at the same rates as they did for 2G and 3G – about 17.5% of the total cost of ownership – they risk falling short...

By Tellabs, 13 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Research, Small Cells.