Virgin Media's LTE small cell trials set up wholesale strategy

Using equipment supplied by Alcatel-Lucent, Virgin Media Business successfully completed LTE small cell trials in the UK cities of Newcastle and Bristol, and the company now plans to wholesale the service to operators in the United Kingdom. The company claims to have achieved speeds of up to 90 Mbps, with good in-building penetration being reported in dense urban environments. Virgin recently launched a new business area dubbed Small Cells as a Service (SCaaS) but has not yet signed any wholesale contracts with operators. Backhaul for the small cell trials was provided by Virgin Media's own fiber network. For more on Virgin Media's plans, see this article in our sister publication FierceWirelessEurope.