Backhaul services for wireless carriers, including for small cells, continues to be a noteworthy opportunity for the nation's fiber providers like Lumos and Zayo. Indeed, executives from both companies discussed the small cell opportunity during their respective earnings conference calls this week, noting that demand remains slightly unclear but that the eventual opportunity could be significant.
CommScope said Sprint has committed to "an extensive deployment" of its small cells in small to medium-sized business locations. And the deal appears to signal Sprint's eagerness to expand its presence in the managed Wi-Fi market.
Global distributed antenna system (DAS) equipment revenue took a hit in 2015, sinking 12 percent to $1.9 billion. But IHS's biannual DAS report predicts the market will rebound at a compound annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, leading it to a total of $2.2 billion by 2020.
ABI Research placed Bluvision as the leader among 24 Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacon vendors, and predicted that the industry is unlikely to see significant consolidation in the near-term.
For the fourth straight year, AT&T and Mobilitie are teaming up to boost mobile network capacity at Churchill Downs ahead of next month's Kentucky Derby.
NASHVILLE-- C Spire Wireless, which provides wireless service to roughly 1 million customers across Mississippi, Alabama and elsewhere, is considering using its 28 GHz spectrum holdings to connect its growing fiber network with nearby homes.
Wells Fargo Security analysts predict wireless carriers' near-term budgets will be allocated more toward distributed network systems (DNS) including small cells, DAS and Cloud-RAN, than traditional macro sites.
Zayo Group is in the process of installing 100 small cells around Wichita, Kans. in order to boost Verizon coverage in the area. But Zayo is holding on off on similar projects while the Kansas Governor's office considers a bill that would shift the permitting process for those types of deployments.
IHS Technology said small cell rollouts increased worldwide during 2015 but noted that the small cell equipment market remains tiny compared to the global 2G/3G radio access network (RAN) market.
Wireless operators may still be in the planning and early implementation of small cells, but Lightower is seeing these carriers asking for more turnkey installation and support for the radios.