Alaskan carrier General Communication Inc. (GCI) is partnering with ClearSky Technologies to roll out and manage residential femtocells for its customers in an effort to boost coverage. GCI is using ClearSky's Small Cell as a Service (SCaaS) platform and in October signed a multi-year contract with ClearSky to enhance coverage and capacity for its wireless users.
In meetings with investment analysts, executives from tower company Crown Castle reiterated their belief that top wireless carriers will continue to densify and expand their nationwide wireless networks through a combination of new spectrum, small cells and standard macro cell buildouts.
Verizon and American Tower executives highlighted the challenges to installing small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, especially in urban markets and inside buildings, even as they acknowledged that such installations will be key to their businesses going forward.
Alcatel-Lucent said Telefonica Business Solutions took a major step towards automating delivery of value-added services after a successful test of NFV in a multi-vendor SDN environment, while separately revealing it has commenced shipments of a residential small cell product.
Software-based cellular network deployment company Parallel Wireless announced that it's partnering with Intel to release end-to-end virtualized RAN reference designs. The technology is 3GPP-compliant and available for commercial deployment.
The Small Cell Forum will provide an update on the state of the industry when it meets in Dallas this week, illustrating how the industry is maturing in the residential and SOHO arenas-- with more than 11 million cells deployed and live in that sector.
Commscope announced a new power solution for cell tower remote radio units (RRUs) that lets operators reuse the existing cables. The company said its PowerShift power supply is designed for LTE and beyond cell site architectures and will be available in first quarter 2016.
Take the knowledge of NASA scientists, throw in some synthetic diamond, add the spectrum crunch and the path to 5G, and you've got what seems to be the perfect time for launching a new company that combines all those things.
In the past, camouflaged towers might have called up thoughts of forlorn fake evergreens sticking out of the surrounding scenery like a sore thumb, but concealment is becoming more popular, more artistic and more necessary to infiltrate populated areas that may need a boost to coverage. As tower concealment's popularity continues to increase, the folks who build the disguises are looking for the best ways to modernize. In many cases, that means keeping up with the latest in radio equipment-- but as concealed towers become commonplace and more corporations try to get their hands in the game, the industry may need to take a look at who is responsible for regulating these innovative disguises.
Research released by Wi-Fi specialist XCellAir claimed that operators could fail to exploit an opportunity to save costs of almost $18 billion (€16 billion) if they continue to poorly manage unregulated spectrum.