Light Reading

AT&T: Multimode Small Cells by Early 2015

Dan Jones
1/13/2014
50%
50%

AT&T is now expecting to start rolling out small cells that can support 3G, 4G, and WiFi late this year or early in 2015.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technology at AT&T Labs, gave Light Reading a quick rundown on where the operator is now with small cells at its annual developers' conference in Las Vegas last week. (See AT&T Hears Call of VoLTE in 2014.)

"Today, most of our small cells are UMTS or HSPA+," she told us. (See AT&T Sings Song of Small Cells With HARP.)

Rinne says that AT&T is testing LTE-only small cells for pure outdoor coverage. AT&T is likely to deploy single-mode LTE small cells where there is a business case to do so, she noted.

The operator, however, has been testing multimode small cells that support 3G, LTE, and WiFi in its labs since at least April 2013. Multimode small cells are some of the most tricky devices for vendors to deliver but will -- eventually -- offer carriers the most connectivity options. (See AT&T Has LTE Small Cells 'in the Lab'.)

AT&T hasn't been vocal about a multimode timeline, but Rinne said she now expects to see these units "late this year" or "early next."

Heavy Reading is currently predicting that half a million public access small cells will be in live service, requiring new backhaul, by the end of 2015. (See How Heavy Reading Called Small Cells Right.)

AT&T has so far said that it expects to deploy more than 40,000 small cells by the end of 2015. The operator hasn't broken out how many of those tiny radios might need new backhaul.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(7)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 6:32:52 PM
Re: No Backhaul Required?
You would think so, but who knows in the whacky world of small cells?
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/13/2014 | 6:24:26 PM
Re: No Backhaul Required?
Interesting. I wonder if that's gonna undergo a rapid change...
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 6:18:00 PM
Re: No Backhaul Required?
Mostly 3G so far according to Rinne.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/13/2014 | 5:41:21 PM
Re: No Backhaul Required?
Good points but I would hazard to guess that its largely an 4G affair at this point, because as more phones become LTE capable the 3G network actually improves and requires less augmentations, wheras LTE becomes ever more in need of help.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 5:32:31 PM
Re: No Backhaul Required?
Maybe so, also note that AT&T has never split out how many of its planned small cells will be 3G-only, 4G-only or Multimode. That could also have a bearing on backhaul planning because you'll need more horsepower for LTE or multis.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/13/2014 | 5:26:27 PM
Re: No Backhaul Required?
It really depends on the deployment focus. The more complex, the greater the backhaul challenge.

Personally I think the big backhaul payoff for all the new vendors is a little farther out as the deployments become more "exotic".
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 2:38:06 PM
No Backhaul Required?
FYI, I went back through AT&T's commentary on small cells so far. As far as I can they have never split out how many of these 40,000+ small cells will require new backhaul.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
The Swedish vendor has undergone a significant transformation during the past few years, adjusting to the demands of next-generation communications companies.
LRTV Documentaries
The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization

4|17|15   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu CTO Makes the Case for a New 5G Air Interface

4|16|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor

4|15|15   |   2:42   |   (4) comments


Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Data Center Power Play

4|15|15   |   6:22   |   (0) comments


Huawei has developed industry-leading energy efficiency capabilities for its indoor and outdoor data center solutions, explains Dr. Fang Liangzhou, vice president of Huawei's Network Energy product Line.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Routers, Switches Get the Green Mark

4|15|15   |   2:02   |   (0) comments


TUV Rheinland's Frank Dudley explains how Huawei's routers and switches have been successfully tested by energy efficiency experts and have gained Green Mark Certification.
LRTV Documentaries
A Finn, a Frenchman & a Guy From New Jersey Walk Into a Merger...

4|15|15   |   3:17   |   (0) comments


Stop us if you've heard this one before... Light Reading CEO Founder & CEO Steve Saunders weighs in on the technical and cultural implications of a Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accounting for Better Solutions

4|10|15   |   02:31   |   (1) comment


Murad Yousuf, CTO at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Zakat & Income Tax), talks about the benefits of deploying router technology from Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
What's in Store for Huawei & DataCore?

4|10|15   |   05:44   |   (0) comments


At the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, George Teixeira, CEO of software-defined storage (SDS) specialist DataCore Software, explains why he has just signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Du Puts Its Faith in Huawei's Routers

4|9|15   |   3:42   |   (0) comments


Adnan Masood, director of Enterprise MS Solutions Marketing at du, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) operator also known as Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, explains why his company chose to use Huawei's multifunctional AR routers as part of its managed enterprise services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Gets Active in the Data Center

4|9|15   |   3:17   |   (0) comments


With enterprise users looking to maximize the use of their data center assets, Huawei’s Chief Architect & Technical Director of IT Data Center Solutions, Bruce Su, explains how the company's six-layer active-active data center solution is eradicating the need to deploy passive, redundant data center assets.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Blue Consult & Huawei for a Better Solution

4|8|15   |   4:01   |   (0) comments


Martin Rott, CEO, and Marc Metzler, head of sales virtualization, from Germany's Blue Consult discuss their collaboration with Huawei and TrendMicro to develop a secure, scalable IT platform that can meet the needs of the most demanding enterprise users.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Beach Petroleum on eLTE & Mining

4|8|15   |   3:09   |   (0) comments


Network systems integrator Jeremy Hamlyn explains how Huawei's secure packet-based trunking communications system, eLTE, can help remote communities and companies in the mining, oil and gas sectors, deploy efficient communications networks that are perfect for video and data as well as voice.
Upcoming Live Events
May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network Instruments, a JDSU division, shares results from its 2015 State of the Network, a global survey on security.
Hot Topics
Verizon Scores New OTT Content Deals
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 4/16/2015
Can WiFi Calling Find Its Voice?
Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/13/2015
Senator Proposes New 'Title X' for Net Neutrality
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/13/2015
Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent in Merger Talks
Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/14/2015
Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/15/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Data Center Interconnect, or DCI, is one of the hottest sectors in telecom currently. Since coming back to Light Reading last year, prodigal-son style, I've ...
LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
Cats with Phones
Steve's Phone Click Here
Steve Saunders's personal phone.