Light Reading

Cox Is Latest Cable Co. to Eye Small Cells

Dan Jones
1/24/2014
50%
50%

Cox is the latest cable company getting interested in "developing the emerging small cell opportunity with wireless providers," according to a recently posted job ad.

Cox Communications Inc. has been advertising for a senior carrier wireless sales support manager in Atlanta, Ga., who will serve as "the small cell subject matter expert for the carrier organization." The manager would be responsible for assessing small cell business opportunities and partners for the cable operator.

Small cells are tiny basestations that are supposed to serve as a complement to the macro network, extending the speed and range of 3G and -- eventually -- 4G services. Much of the early action in the market has involved 2G and 3G home basestations (femtocells) but is expected to extend to picocells and metrocells that can serve public access needs indoors and outdoors over the next few years.

The ad doesn't go into great detail about what small cell opportunities people at Cox are considering yet. Other cable operators, however, have been more forthcoming about the prospects of working with wireless carriers on deploying these tiny basestations. (See Backhauling Small Cells.)

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is testing small cells, and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) wants to sell small cells as a service. The concept behind this is that the cable operator would deploy and manage the small cells for the wireless operator. (See TWC Uncaps CCAP With Casa & Arris and TW Cable Eyes Small Cells Too.)

Such concepts could take a while to come to market -- if, in fact, they ever do -- as Time Warner Cable has previously said that it hasn't sorted out all aspects of the business model with potential wireless partners: issues like who owns the small cell and where the cable operator will get the spectrum to use to deploy the radio. (See Small Cells: The Battle for the Lamp Post.)

The market, particularly for public access small cells, is requiring a much longer runway to take off than many had previously predicted. Heavy Reading predicts that 700,000 public access small cells requiring new backhaul will be in live service by the end of 2017. (See How Heavy Reading Called Small Cells Right.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(26)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/28/2014 | 11:37:17 AM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
So true! Unless we're the one's getting the jobs we won't know more details until they trickle out or get closer to deployment.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/28/2014 | 11:27:21 AM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
All we know right now is that MSOs are talking about the prospects and apparently hiring to explore opportunities. Something to keep an eye I think.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/27/2014 | 6:27:25 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
I honestly can't see why not. Just because historically they never di this type of stuff doesn't mean they can't start a new business unit. 
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/27/2014 | 5:26:44 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
It might be a pipedream but TW Cable has talked about it enough to be noticed.
dwx
50%
50%
dwx,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/27/2014 | 4:54:36 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
I can't see them getting into that line of business at all, or any MSO for that matter.  
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/27/2014 | 4:17:36 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
That's not what TW Cable -- for instance -- is pushing as a concept. They want to  deploy and manage the small cell as a service. I guess we'll see how these ideas might shake out over the course of the year.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/27/2014 | 4:16:35 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
That applies only if its simply service provisioning, but if its full virtual networks were talking about it will include spectrum as well as decisions on hardware, virtual backhaul billing breakouts, etc.
dwx
50%
50%
dwx,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/27/2014 | 4:09:48 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
There is no spectrum involved in these deployments, this is generally for just data backhaul.   The small cells are supplied by the wireless carrier and use the MSO fiber or HFC IP to get back to the wireless carrier.  Most of these will be compact strand mount setups I imagine, but others may be placed in various other locations.  The MSO has to work with the wireless carrier to determine where the best locations exist amicable to wireless density and MSO backhaul assets.  
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/27/2014 | 2:11:58 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
If you look at the docs, its more of how to guide within the existing frameworks than a need for new standards. This in effect means that theoretically it can be done at the same time as the initial deployments take place.

The only real issue is the need for a design that contains hardware support for the various unique operator frequency requirements. But that issue can be designed modularly.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/27/2014 | 2:07:23 PM
Re: 700,000 by 2017
Well realistically if its at the forum now that puts multi-band standardization, what, a couple of years out what with carrier tests and whatnot?

 
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Networks of the future will rely on "white box" switches and servers rather than proprietary hardware and that's going to alter the shape of the communications industry. Who says so? John Chambers.
LRTV Custom TV
The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV

3|27|15   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Hyperscale cloud has been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
eLTE Rapid Meets the Need for Speed

3|26|15   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


Designed especially for emergency and dedicated ad hoc local mobile communications coverage, Huawei's eLTE Rapid solution can deliver trunked voice, video and data coverage for multiple users over a 6km range and be set up in just 15 minutes, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
On Videos: Challenges & Opportunities

3|26|15   |   5:56   |   (0) comments


Most everything is now connected. And along with 4K and 4G technologies, everyone could be creating and broadcasting video contents. Users are expecting better video experience with any screen, anywhere and anytime. Operators will meet new challenges, but also see some big opportunities.
LRTV Custom TV
JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience

3|26|15   |   5:59   |   (0) comments


Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
LRTV Custom TV
Smarter Service Chaining & New Ways to Benefit From Qosmos Technology

3|25|15   |   03:11   |   (0) comments


David Le Goff, director of strategic and product marketing at Qosmos, explains how the company has added application awareness to subscriber information to make service chaining more efficient and reduce costs for networking and infrastructure. In addition, Qosmos technology, which has been delivered as C libraries, is now also available as a virtual machine, ...
Between the CEOs
Qosmos CEO: The Changing Face of DPI

3|24|15   |   13:53   |   (0) comments


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. Also, how the comms market is becoming more like the automotive industry.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
FC Schalke Scores With Its Agile Stadium

3|24|15   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


Top German soccer club FC Schalke 04 has deployed a new, agile WiFi network from Huawei in its Veltins-Arena stadium and is reaping the benefits in terms of customer satisfaction and business opportunities, explains marketing chief Alexander Jobst.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Insights on Mobile Video

3|24|15   |   7:51   |   (0) comments


More people than ever are now watching videos on smartphones. Seventy percent of mobile traffic will be video traffic until 2018. In this video, Huawei's exports give their insights on mobile video in terms of business model, network planning and 4G network construction.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Industry 4.0

3|24|15   |   02:26   |   (9) comments


Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It's a big deal for influential operators such as Deutsche Telekom.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Getting Connected With eLTE

3|23|15   |   06:04   |   (0) comments


Trunked radio communications have entered the 4G LTE world, and with Huawei's eLTE solution, can now deliver a full range of data and video services as well as push-to-talk voice, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Funkwerk’s on Track With Huawei

3|19|15   |   3:23   |   (0) comments


GSM-R technology specialist Funkwerk and Huawei have forged a partnership that is benefiting both parties, notes Funkwerk's Gottfried Winter.
LRTV Documentaries
How EANTC Tested Cisco's Virtualization Solutions

3|18|15   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director of independent test lab EANTC, tells Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the innovative approach his team had to take when validating Cisco's service provider virtualization and cloud solutions.
Upcoming Live Events
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
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
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
The Rise of Industry 4.0
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 3/24/2015
Google Hires Wall Street's Most Influential Woman as CFO
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 3/24/2015
AT&T Woos SMBs With Small-Scale WiFi
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/26/2015
Net Neutrality Suits: Only The Beginning?
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 3/24/2015
Average US Broadband Speeds No Great Shakes
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/25/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
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.
Chattanooga’s EPB publicly owned utility comms company has become a poster child for how to enable a local economy using next-gen networking technology. Steve Saunders, Founder of Light Reading, sits down with Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, to learn how EPB is bringing big time tech to small town America.
Cats with Phones
Interspecies Phone Love Click Here
"No, you hang up."
"No, YOU hang up."
Latest Comment