Ooredoo Qatar awarded a nationwide 3G and LTE small cell deployment contract to Nokia Networks following successful trials of the equipment vendor's infrastructure in the country's capital, Doha.
Wireless operators will triple the number of distributed antenna systems (DAS) in service between 2015 and 2018, according to a study from technology research firm IHS, which interviewed 16 of the top 20 telecom operators globally that operate DAS systems.
Verizon Wireless has inked a deal with Transit Wireless to deploy Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the company's wireless services in the New York subway system. Verizon is just one of many operators seeking to improve wireless coverage in subway systems across the country.
Verizon has deployed nearly 50 small cells in the Pittsburgh area. The deployment includes 15 cells in the Pittsburgh metro area. Crown Castle is handling the majority of the deployment with some assistance from ExteNet.
There is a surprising lack of standards for powering small cells, according to a new study by iGR that looks at how small cells are powered and what types of backup power solutions are available for them.
Deploying and maintaining small cell networks could present an interesting opportunity for tower firms. However, there is no consensus among tower firms regarding how much they should focus on small cells and there are still questions about which small cell technology to use. This uncertainty could provide an opportunity for companies looking to become small cell specialists.
Sprint (NYSE: S) revealed a few more details about its network densification efforts but did not disclose its vendor partners for the project or exactly how many macro cell sites and small cells it will add to its network. However, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that "nearly all" of Sprint's existing macro cell sites will be upgraded to support 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz for LTE, which he said will improve coverage and capacity across the network.
Verizon Wireless is having difficulty deploying small cells in urban areas because of backhaul and site acquisition challenges, according to Wells Fargo analyst J. Davis Hebert.
Digital Bridge Holdings and StonePeak Infrastructure Partners have committed to more than $1 billion in a recapitalization of ExteNet Systems. The two firms will acquire the interests of existing investors plus provide added capital to grow the company and enable it to pursue small cell deployment opportunities.
Sprint has said it plans to massively densify its network via its "Next Generation Network" (NGN) plan and has received approval from parent SoftBank to proceed on the plan. Yet without any visible movement on the plan in the last few weeks, analysts are questioning whether its momentum has stalled.