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Driving network densification with small cells

A Q&A with CommScope on network densification for the transition from LTE to 5G As U.S operators light up 5G services in select markets this year, small cell is a key element of the network densification needed to provide high-throughput services using millimeter wave frequencies,...

Update: FCC votes today on changes to small cell deployment rules

Massive small cell investment needed to support 5G The U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets later today to, among other things, vote on a proposal that will streamline small cell deployment rules and, if adopted, make it easier for carriers to build out small cell sites...

Ontix to carry out small cell network trial in London

The company’s small cells will be tested in Trafalgar Square in November U.K.-based wireless infrastructure-as-a-service provider Ontix has been selected by Westminster City Council to deploy small cells on the city's street furniture. The council said that the small cells will boost network capacity and create...

US outdoor small cell antenna shipments to grow by 75% in 2018: Study

  A study by EJL Wireless Research estimated small cell shipments expanded by 84% in 2017 U.S. outdoor small cell antenna shipments are forecasted to increase by 75% in 2018 compared to the previous year, due to increasing demand from all four U.S. national mobile operators...

Sprint CEO: We’re prepping for 5G merger or not

Massive MIMO equipment can be reused if merger with T-Mobile goes through, Sprint says While the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has currently stopped the clock on a proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US, Sprint CEO Michel Combes said last week at the Goldman Sachs...

MulteFire Webinar: The Business Case for MulteFire Technology: An Economic Analysis of Two Use Cases

As the mobile industry continues to develop at breakneck speed, new technologies, spectrum uses, and products are being developed to support new user requirements and use cases. Of the most important new developments is the emergence of MulteFire™ technology which allows the implementation of...

New Sprint Magic Box small cell is smaller, faster

Vendor Airspan adds Wi-Fi backhaul to third-generation Magic Box With more than 260,000 units distributed to consumers and businesses, last week during Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles Sprint announced the third-generation of its plug-and-play, all-wireless Magic Box small cell. Network infrastructure vendor Airspan is...

AT&T swapping Los Angeles IoT services for small cell sites

Carrier sees public/private partnership model as potentially accelerating small cell deployments Last week during Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, AT&T announced a major IoT project with the city focused on driving efficiencies in traffic management, public safety, natural disaster preparedness and other applications...

FCC order to streamline small cell deployments looks to speed 5G

FCC: Small cell order will create jobs, stimulate the economy The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Sept. 25 will vote on an order, proposed Sept. 4 by Commissioner Brendan Carr, that is designed to make it easier to deploy the small cell infrastructure, characterized by...

Driving network densification and delivering 5G with small cells

Cities vs. small cells The deployment of 5G is very much an exercise in network densification. Coming down from the macro tower, operators are deploying small cells and other integrated radio/antenna units connected to centralized baseband resources. And while regulators like the Federal Communications Commission...

Network densification efforts reinforce need for focus on QoE

Indoor and outdoor network densification adding complexity to test, measurement and monitoring As operators around the world enhance and densify LTE networks while starting the task of building out 5G networks, small cells are a key technological enabler in adding mobile capacity and coverage through...

WIA President: 5G requires spectrum, sites and workforce

Former FCC commissioner discusses policy support for 5G In a recent interview aired on C-SPAN, Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein boiled down what's needed for 5G: "What we need to make 5G work is more spectrum as soon as we can...

Telus reaches download speeds of 28 Gbps in 5G trials: CEO

  Telus said it will look for revenue opportunities in the internet of things space Canadian carrier Telus said it has reached download speeds of 28 Gbps in its 5G trials, the company’s CEO Darren Entwistle said during a conference call with investors. “We’ll be using 5G...

Sprint has distributed over 260,000 Magic Box small cells: CEO

  The carrier said that tests of Massive MIMO for 5G deployments are very promising Sprint has already distributed more than 260,000 Magic Box small cells to businesses and consumers across the country, CEO Michel Combes said during a conference call with investors. “Customers with Magic Box...

On record Q2, Boingo expands Wi-Fi footprint with acquisition

Boingo buying student, multi-family Wi-Fi provider Elauwit Networks On Aug. 1 Boingo Wireless, in addition to announcing a 21.6% year-over-year growth in Q2 2018 revenue to $59.6 million, made public its planned $28 million acquisition of Charleston, S.C.-based Elauwit Networks, a Wi-Fi provider focused on...

Tower compaies American, Crown, SBAC report site revenue increases in Q2

Operator network investments translate to increased tower and site revenues As operators in the U.S. and around the world continue to invest in network infrastructure and densification, major tower companies American Tower, Crown Castle and SBAC this month all reported year-over-year increases in tower and...

Charter to expand LTE small cell trials to LA, NYC

The U.S. cable operator has recently launched a mobile service offering via Verizon’s network infrastructure U.S. cable operator Charter Communications announced plans to expand LTE small cells trials to Los Angeles and New York City within the next few months, Craig Cowden, SVP of Wireless...

Sprint takes aim at hospitality with decorative small cells

All-wireless small cells touted as plug and play for easy installation Building classes of all types need indoor cellular connectivity whether it's provided by DAS, small cells, boosters, whatever. Sensitivity to aesthetic concerns also comes with a range of end-user needs. An industrial warehouse, for...

Rogers Communications to deploy thousands of small cells for 5G: CEO

The Canadian telco is working with Ericsson to trial 5G technology Canadian telecom operator Rogers Communications confirmed plans to deploy thousands of small cells as part of its 5G efforts, the company’s President and CEO Joe Natale said during a conference call with investors. “With respect...

Key takeaways from CTIA’s State of Mobile 2018 report

U.S. cell sites up nearly 5%; IoT devices grew 20% YOY, says CTIA's annual State of Mobile report U.S. mobile data use continues its inexorable upward climb, setting a new annual record with 15.7 trillion megabytes of data sent over wireless data networks last year,...

How does the U.S. stack up in global 5G readiness?

Report finds U.S. the third most-prepared nation for 5G China and Korea are more prepared to deploy 5G than the U.S. is, according to a report conducted by Analysys Mason and Recon Analytics and commissioned by trade association CTIA. Report authors developed a "5G Readiness...

Powering wireless networks: Challenges and solutions (Reader Forum)

Wireless consumers are demanding more bandwidth, and wireless network operators must increase the density of their networks in order to deliver it. Where one macro cell might serve everyone in a half-mile radius, networks for 4G LTE Advanced and 5G services will require small...

Sprint to deploy its Magic Box small cell in 100 buildings across Pittsburgh

The carrier said the small cell deployment is part of the an integrated energy-savings-as-a-service initiative Sprint's Sprint Magic Box small cell is slated for deployment in approximately 100 buildings in Pittsburgh, Penn., to provide connectivity for the nation's first fully-integrated energy-savings-as-a-service initiative. BOSS Controls, an IoT...

M1, Nokia to carry out 5G small cell trial in Singapore

  The small cell live trial will be carried out in the last quarter of this year Singaporean telco M1 Limited (M1) and Nokia have announced plans to conduct a trial of 5G-based small cells in Southeast Asia. The partners sad the small cell trial will take...

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