While the FCC has been taking steps as of late to streamline the approval process for installing new small cells and DAS, CTIA is asking the commission to make further modifications to the rules.
More than 40 percent of Sprint's overall traffic is being carried on its 2.5 GHz airwaves, Wells Fargo Securities reported over the weekend, and the carrier hasn't suffered any "meaningful congestion" recently.
While the wireless industry's move to outdoor small cells has been relatively slow, wireline-based Ethernet fiber and point-to-point (P2P) microwave led the market in terms of revenue in 2015. According to a new IHS report, the global outdoor small cell backhaul equipment market totaled $117 million. In 2011, 42,600 outdoor small cell backhaul connections were built out in 2015 and IHS has forecast that figure will rise to 878,000 in 2020.
Mobilitie downplayed reports that its efforts to deploy tens of thousands of small cells for Sprint have stalled in part due to troubles dealing with local authorities.
Communications Sales & Leasing is buying Tower Cloud for $230 million in cash and stock, giving it a set of dark fiber and turnkey small cell services to further its appeal with Tier 1 wireless operators.
AT&T is building out its own small cell network in locations where it also operates a fiber network, an effort the carrier said will help it better understand the small cell opportunity and the costs associated with deployments. AT&T for years has been deploying small cells to improve the coverage, speed and reliability of its wireless network.
AT&T (NYSE: T), like its other wireless competitors, is keen on the future capabilities that 5G wireless will bring. But in order to support those rollouts, which will be driven on small cells, the service provider will need access to various local infrastructure platforms.
As Lightower continues to roll out more fiber to cell sites and small cells, the service provider is creating a foundation to win more business customers in its footprint.
Sprint's efforts to deploy up to 70,000 small cells in cities across the country-- largely through vendor Mobilitie-- have stalled somewhat due to troubles obtaining permits for the transmitters. Separately, some Wall Street analysts are raising concerns about the hundreds of millions of dollars the carrier is writing off due in part to customers who sign up for Sprint's handset-leasing offer and then walk away with the devices without paying for them.
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