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Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013

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The CEO of Verizon Wireless says small cells will start to be deployed in its network later this year. Dan Mead told the Jefferies 2013 Global Technology Media and Telecom Conference in New York City Wednesday that the operator regards small cells as "complementary" to its larger 4G LTE networks. Small cells are tiny base stations that can be deployed in high-traffic areas to increase call capacity and data speed. "We're going to have small cells deployed in our network later this year," Mead says. He says the deployment of the tiny radios will become more dense in 2014. (See Verizon Ready for LTE Small-Cell Advance.) "We're going to be aggressive in that area," he said. Mead talked about small cells after being asked whether the operator would need more dense LTE coverage for voice-over-LTE services. He once again reiterated that Verizon is planning to "commercialize" VoLTE services in 2014. (See Verizon Promises Voice-Over-LTE in 2014.) "We’re going to make sure it's an exceptional experience," he said of the deployment, saying it will be a "value-add" service that will layer in video calling and other messaging updates. He pointed out that Verizon has a 4G voice advantage over rivals because it has by far the largest LTE network in the U.S. "You can't have VoLTE without the LTE network ... we're around 95 percent complete now," Mead says of Verizon's 4G deployment. The network is expected to be "substantially complete" by the end of the year. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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5/17/2013 | 12:36:01 PM
re: Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013
When it comes to outdoor small cells, the only thing these guys are going to be aggressive about is driving investments by some of their poor vendors. When it comes to actually ponying up significant moolah they are going to be decidedly passive for quite some time.
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5/13/2013 | 8:19:45 AM
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5/9/2013 | 2:16:34 PM
re: Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013
Verizon delivers good services but they have the WORST billing department of any company I have ever encountered. Different $ every month for exactly the same service, usually 50% higher than I agreed to pay (taking into account taxes, fees). They will NEVER fix your bill and have a bad attitude, too.
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5/9/2013 | 11:54:42 AM
re: Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013
You can call me Brian!
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5/9/2013 | 2:42:10 AM
re: Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013
You can just call me Dan Jones. Backhaul and issues is why indoor will come first.
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5/8/2013 | 10:03:43 PM
re: Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013
DanJonesLRM, I think you are assumptions are probably pretty accurate with the likely Small Cell suppliers. What will be interesting is backhaul to support these deployments along with innovative antenna designs to maximize performance
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5/8/2013 | 8:28:11 PM
re: Verizon CEO: Small Cells Coming in 2013
Recall that likely suppliers are going to be AlcaLu and Ericsson for outdoor LTE small cells. Cisco could be in the picture for indoor small cells:
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