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.
Verizon Wireless wants to deploy small cells but only if they are inexpensive, according to a recent rumor. If true, that could help explain why the wireless industry's expected small cell ramp-up has not yet happened and, in fact, keeps being pushed out.
The FCC said it will consider loosening restrictions on the construction and rollout of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, an effort by the commission to help carriers flesh out their wireless capacity and coverage. The issue is key for wireless carriers turning to small cell and DAS technologies to fill in the gaps in their networks that macrocells are unable to reach.
Ericsson is making a big play for the enterprise and campus environment with the introduction of its Radio Dot System, a miniature disk-shaped cellular radio that weighs only 300 grams and will be available commercially in late 2014.