Site acquisition and delivery of backhaul and power are widely documented gating factors restricting extensive deployments of outdoor small cells. Alcatel-Lucent hopes to alleviate those challenges via a site certification program that brings together a variety of partners, which have contributed to a database of more than half a million sites suitable for small cells.
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.
The enthusiasm accompanying Google's Project Loon global wireless Internet project is seriously misplaced, according to balloonist Per Lindstrand, who says he tried to talk Google out of the effort.
LTE transmissions have a massive security vulnerability in that backhaul traffic from the eNodeB station to the IP core is unencrypted. Some operators have begun implementing IPsec to address this issue, but many have not because IPsec use is optional.
Mobile operators are not going to suddenly stop investing in their networks once they've fully deployed LTE, said Jay Brown, CFO of tower company Crown Castle International.
WiGig is nearly ready for primetime as evidenced by the Wi-Fi Alliance's new certification program, aimed at validating interoperability for WiGig products. The certification brand will be designated with a new logo that consumers can look for to ensure they are buying interoperable WiGig products, which are expected to start hitting the market in 2014.
Three interim spectrum-sharing arrangements set up by the FCC and Industry Canada are aimed at enabling greater wireless broadband deployment, improving general aviation air-to-ground communications services and making more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services.
Time Warner Cable is becoming a growing force in wireless, building its business of providing backhaul for wireless towers as well as expanding its own Wi-Fi hotspot footprint.
PEG Bandwidth, a wireless backhaul specialist, said it gained 1,100 fiber route miles in two states via the acquisition of Contact Network, which does business as InLine.
Blu Wireless Technology said it will use proceeds from its latest funding round to complete development of its Hydra 60 GHz baseband IP offering for 802.11ad WiGig service as well as to pursue related mobile network backhaul applications for 4G networks.