Crown Castle's small cells business is threatened by both push-back from local municipalities and the lower rents the smaller antennas can command, according to BTIG Research.
Taking a look back at macro sites and small cells estimates from 2011 and 2012, MoffettNathanson analyst Nick Del Deo notes those forecasts are "radically off."
Cox Communications made a bet on its fiber-based future by acquiring a large stake in Unite Private Networks (UPN), giving it access to a pool of assets and capabilities to fulfill wholesale and business service opportunities.
Cox Communications is acquiring a large stake in Unite Private Networks, bolstering its metro and regional fiber portfolio across a number of Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets. The cable provider joins Ridgemont Equity Partners and the company's management team as a major shareholder in UPN.
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.