Nokia to launch the world's first MulteFire small cell for private LTE networks

Nokia is to launch the first MulteFire small cell in the world to help industries, enterprises, smart cities and mobile service providers leverage global unlicensed spectrum for reliable, safe, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.

The new Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS will pave the way towards 5G connectivity in the future by enabling enterprises to establish a connection between mobile sensor-enabled 'things' and individuals in a more efficient manner.

With the easy...

By Telecoms, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Small Cells.

Why an increase in small cell deployments is providing a fundamental building block for 5G

A detailed survey by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) has found densification has already started in the present LTE networks and will intensify in the 5G era due to significant changes in architecture and economics of small cells.

According to the research, the industry is already witnessing acceleration of deployments in the enterprise, where deployments of small cells surged by 98% between 2015 and 2017. It is also projected that small cell deployments will increase by up to 1600% from 2015 to 2025. SCF...

By Telecoms, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators, Small Cells.

Small cell market scaling up but still work to do, argues IHS Markit

A pair of reports by IHS Markit showed the values of the mobile backhaul equipment market and the small cell backhaul segment in 2016. While the value of the former stands at $8.2 billion, the latter has a value of just over $148 million. However, it is to be noted that due to the small cell deployments taking place in a range of locations the market is scaling up.

The report, titled “Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Tracker”, labels the mobile backhaul equipment market as a...

By Telecoms, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Research, Small Cells.

Small Cell Forum aims to enhance smart communities and smart buildings with new partnership

A far-reaching collaboration has been formed between the Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) wherein the alliance will address issues with smart communities and smart buildings.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work on technical, commercial, and regulatory solutions. All their existing work and skillset will be put together to develop solutions that simplify and expedite deployment of dense networks and in-building...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Small Cells, Smart Cities.

How small cells and the cloud are improving the stadium fan experience

Mobilitie, a company based in Newport Beach, California, has installed a new cellular wireless system at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The new system is expected to provide fans with access to an advanced cellular voice and data communications network that includes over 150 small, digital antennas, remote unit and other network components.

The neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) installed by Mobilitie is a flexible, small antennae and radio solution. With the new system, attendees at the stadium would...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Consumers, Small Cells.

Qualcomm teams up with ITRI to develop 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies in Taiwan

Qualcomm is partnering with Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), to work on 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies.

The collaboration is said to speed up the delivery and global commercialisation of 5G NR small cell products and infrastructure by Taiwanese OEMs and ODMs.

Jim Cathey, SVP and president, APAC & India, Qualcomm International, said, “This joint effort with ITRI is a key part of the investments we are making in Taiwan to ensure the industry continues to move...

By Telecoms, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

Nokia and Ericsson results show road ahead for telecom equipment market

Nokia said it expects to face further ‘challenges’ on the networking side despite posting a profit of €574 million (£511.2m), up 73% from this time last year.

The Finnish giant published its Q217 financial results today, seeing overwhelming gains year over year on its global services and Nokia Technologies arms, the latter focusing on patent licensing, but a 4% downturn in IP...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators, Small Cells.

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.

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.