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.
SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson's Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience for its customers in Singapore.
Vodafone signed a global agreement with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to deploy small cells on street furniture and billboards to further enhance its network performance.
Nokia this week opened the doors of its Nokia Security Center in Berlin, where the company will bring together mobile network operators, governments, academic institutes and other partners to develop and share know-how and expertise.
A top Verizon Communications executive said the carrier doesn't plan to reduce spending on its wireless network, despite the fact that it has largely completed its nationwide macro LTE buildout. At the same time, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the carrier plans to increase its margins in its wireless business over time.
Now that operators are putting the final touches on their macro LTE networks, it is likely that we will start to see much more focus on small cell deployments. In fact, most analysts are predicting that we will start to see a surge in small cell deployments in 2015 as carriers look to densify their networks and move traffic off the macro network and onto small cells.
After drooping revenues in 2014, coming deployments of LTE Advanced technologies and small cells are expected to drive the microwave equipment market back to growth, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
EE plans to deploy small cells to close wireless coverage gaps in 1,500 rural villages in the UK, following a trial of what the operator called a world first technology in a community comprising 129 homes and businesses.
Ericsson said wireless backhaul is as effective as fibre in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) small cells used in heterogeneous networks (hetnets) in licensed spectrum up to 30 GHz.