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.
Verizon Wireless entered the AWS-3 spectrum auction with at least 40 MHz of AWS airwaves covering around 70 percent of the U.S. population, but ended the auction with that figure around 95 percent. According to a senior Verizon executive, Verizon now has a combination of at least 40 MHz of AWS-1 or AWS-3 spectrum in 92 of the top 100 U.S. markets, which will help the carrier meet capacity needs as more traffic shifts to its LTE network.
UK businesses are losing £32.7 million (€44 million/$439.8 million) a week as 43 per cent of employees spend an hour or more searching for reliable mobile phone signals to make work-related calls.
Strong growth in LTE and small cells is expected to almost offset declining spending on 2G and 3G technologies in the coming few years, according to latest forecasts by Dell'Oro Group.
Sprint is preparing to add small cells to its network to expand the reach of its LTE service, and that effort will most likely cost the carrier around $500 million per year in labor and hardware costs, according to estimates from one Wall Street analyst firm.