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.
More wireless carriers are looking to deploy small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems in urban markets to augment network capacity, yet according to executives at DAS and small cell firm ExteNet Systems, municipalities often create hurdles that make installations difficult. Because of this installers must coordinate with city governments to make sure all city rules and regulations are being followed and that the deployment can be accomplished quickly and efficiently.
The National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) has launched its first spectrum-sharing project, focusing on the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), with Federated Wireless.
The Small Cell Forum is on a roll. Last week, the forum formally established six teams to tackle specific work areas, including small cells in unlicensed spectrum and multi-operator cells. It also mapped out the requirements for 5G at a 3GPP 5G workshop in Phoenix.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri committed to utilising Alcatel-Lucent's French R&D facilities to develop technologies including 5G and small cells as part of a deal to secure the backing of France's government for the companies' planned merger.
Crown Castle sees significant potential in continued small cell deployments, while American Tower is more focused on Distributed Antenna Systems and SBA Communications doesn't see small cells fitting much into its portfolio. Those were some of the key takeaways from public appearances last week by the three tower companies' CEOs.
The Small Cell Forum formally established six teams that will tackle specific work areas, including small cells in unlicensed spectrum, 5G and multi-operator small cells.
Ericsson said it has begun its first trials of its Zero Site solution in Spain, with an installation in the city of Santander.