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.
SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson's Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience for its customers in Singapore.
Ericsson said wireless backhaul is as effective as fibre in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) small cells used in heterogeneous networks (hetnets) in licensed spectrum up to 30 GHz.
During Nokia Capital Markets Day 2014 in London, CEO and President Rajeev Suri identified small cells as one of the areas where Nokia Networks will continue to expand and invest.