Verizon Wireless is planning to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum in the first half of 2014 to avoid potential capacity issues. That process includes seeding the customer base with AWS-capable devices, as well as deploying inbuilidng coverage and Distributed Antenna Systems, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
The public now has a chance to comment on an FCC plan to loosen a number of siting restrictions, which, among other things, could promote the construction and rollout of small cells and distributed antenna systems.
Stadiums, indoor sports arenas and other large multi-use entertainment venues continue to be attractive locations for rollouts of distributed antenna systems (DAS). The massive Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., is representative of that trend as it will soon have a new DAS built by Mobilitie.
Competition for SoCs in small cells is heating up. We've now finished the phase where a dozen companies contended for the small cell market. Some companies have been acquired, including Picochip, Design Art Networks, and Percello. Mindspeed will join this list soon, as a strategic buyer is currently looking to acquire their wireless business. Others have simply dropped out of sight. The remaining players fall into two categories.
With skyrocketing numbers of devices accessing radio spectrum for communications and other services, the issue of radio interference is getting renewed attention. Yet the issues are far from clear cut.
Verizon Wireless is currently experiencing higher than expected LTE data traffic and network stresses in a few major markets, but expects to have those issues ironed out by year-end, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
Vodafone said it will increase its planned investments under its "Project Spring" network upgrade to £7 billion ($11.13 billion), up from £6 billion, over the next two years to strengthen networks and services in major markets and accelerate its strategy of focusing on data, enterprises and emerging markets.
Okay, I don't really hate small cells. My parents raised me not to discriminate or be prejudiced based on things like size or capacity. They taught me to love base stations of all shapes and abilities. Yep, they were open-minded technology visionaries.
The market for small cell backhaul equipment to grow to over $5 billion (€3.65 billion) in 2018, up from a forecast $487 million for 2013 representing a 48 per cent CAGR, according to latest research by ABI.
Alcatel-Lucent is on the verge of winning a contract from a domestic French operator that would see the struggling manufacturer provide small cells for improved mobile coverage in France, Reuters has reported.