Wireless operators have become one of cable's largest wholesale customers. According to Vertical Systems Group, cable is the fastest growing segment in the wholesale and retail business Ethernet markets.
The small cell backhaul equipment market is expected to exceed $4 billion (€3.7 billion) in 2020.
For the past three years, FierceWireless contributor Joe Madden has been saying that 2015 will be "the year" when you will see small cells ramp up. Indeed, several things are happening to support that theory.
Over 75 operators worldwide are now using small cells, with 17,000 deployed in rural and remote applications.
Backhaul providers Fastback Networks and Sub10 Systems announced they will merge to address what is forecast to be a $1.6 billion market for sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave solutions for backhaul. The companies are combining their intellectual property and technology platforms to create what they describe as the industry's first provider of hybrid Any Line of Sight (AnyLOS) backhaul solutions.
The founder of OneWeb, Greg Wyler, says he and his team have come up with a way to deliver broadband to rural and remote areas in a way that makes economic sense for mobile operators.
Total non-residential small cell market was worth around $350 million in 2014.
Boingo Wireless has expanded its Tier 1 carrier offload trial to include millions more handsets using its Passpoint-enabled network. The company is not revealing the identity of the carrier.
Sprint MVNO Ting Mobile said that because of a system Sprint has implemented to check if a customer still owes the carrier money, some customers are experiencing difficulties in bringing their phones over to Ting and other Sprint MVNOs.
UK businesses are losing £32.7 million (€44 million/$439.8 million) a week as 43 per cent of employees spend an hour or more searching for reliable mobile phone signals to make work-related calls.