Crown Castle is seeing a strong uptick in its business from deploying small cells. Indeed, the company said small cells now make up 7 percent of the tower company's site rental revenue.
As the first-quarter earnings season draws near, one of the big questions is whether T-Mobile US will officially surpass Sprint in terms of total subscribers to become the No. 3 U.S. carrier. It's one of several interesting questions that will be worth watching for as the carriers hold their quarterly earnings conference calls.
For the past three years, FierceWireless contributor Joe Madden has been saying that 2015 will be "the year" when you will see small cells ramp up. Indeed, several things are happening to support that theory.
For the past three years, I've been saying that 2015 will be "the year when you will see small cells ramp up." Six months ago, I was getting pretty nervous because the firm orders had not come through and semiconductor backlog was weak. I felt like a weatherman predicting rain after a five-year drought... everyone wants to believe that it's true, but there is no evidence on the ground. Now, the drought is ending. Mobile operators have ended the endless field trials, and have moved toward reliance on small cells for network capacity and enterprise applications.
Over 75 operators worldwide are now using small cells, with 17,000 deployed in rural and remote applications.
Verizon's plan to deploy more small cells could provide a bevy of backhaul opportunity for a host of regional telcos like Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint Communications and Lumos Networks.
AT&T Mobility no longer plans to deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015, a goal that had been a key element of its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network initiative. The carrier is not saying how many small cells it plans to deploy by year-end but said that its 2014 acquisition of Leap Wireless removed the need to deploy as many small cells as it originally had planned because the deal gave AT&T more macro cell sites for capacity.
BARCELONA, Spain--There are now more than 1 million small cells shipped in North America, according to new data published today by the Small Cell Forum, making the region the leader in the world in terms of small cells.
Cincinnati Bell, which is exiting the retail wireless market at the end of the month, is not giving up on wireless entirely. The company said it recently struck a $30 million, multi-year small cell deal with an unnamed "national carrier."
LONDON--Ericsson stole a march on its rivals by announcing it will launch a new modular radio network system at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona that can reduce operator's total cost of ownership by 20 per cent.