Small cell shipments will exceed macrocells in 2016, and total shipments will reach nearly 15 million units through 2019 according to ABI Research.
Alcatel-Lucent became the latest vendor to benefit from Vodafone's £7 billion (€8.79 billion/$11.97 billion) Project Spring network investment plan, after being picked as the operator's supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that come integrated with Wi-Fi.
Gordon Mansfield, AT&T Mobility's AVP of small-cell solutions, has chaired the Small Cell Forum since September 2012. He recently spoke with FierceWirelessTech about the overall small cell market and the development of indoor and outdoor small cells. Check out this Hot Seat interview.
Just as the small cell industry is coming into its own, with small cells now on most major operators' roadmaps in one form or another, the Small Cell Forum has also matured into a go-to source for operators interested in learning about ways they can put small cells to use to gain coverage, capacity and possibly new revenue streams.
EE signalled it is ready to fight over-the-top (OTT) voice over IP (VoIP) services with plans to launch a Wi-Fi-based service later this year, and voice over LTE (VoLTE) in 2015.
AT&T Mobility is recommending that the FCC slice up the 3.5 GHz band into different sub-bands for various classes of users so that AT&T and other licensed spectrum holders can have more certainty in deploying technologies such as small cells in the band.
For the past five years, Mobile Experts has been the most conservative analyst firm in the femtocell and small cell market. That's why we were selected to track the market on behalf of the Small Cell Forum. We've predicted flat numbers for femtocells (nailed that one) and we've predicted steady growth in carrier-deployed small cells, which has been accurate through the end of 2013.
EE is preparing to launch small cells in the next two years, but won't let the rollout distract it from expanding its LTE network, the UK operator's principal network architect told FierceWireless:Europe this week.
LONDON--Mobile operators should start considering growing demand for data as a rising tide rather than a tsunami of traffic, Mark Gilmour, transmission strategy and architecture manager for 3 UK said on day two of the Transport Networks for Mobile Operators trade conference.
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