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DanJones
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10/7/2013 | 11:48:40 AM
Re: Micros v macro
Except that these things won't be cheap to deploy either and small cells still have a test lead on super macros.
Dimothy
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10/7/2013 | 9:17:12 AM
There is no macro vs small cell in HetNets
"Super Macro" will not solve uplink capacity problem, I believe soon we will see evolvment of real HetNets with small cells providing more of uplink capacity in hot areas etc.
MordyK
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10/7/2013 | 6:00:59 AM
Re: Micros v macro
Dan, I have to concur with you.I always thought that 2015 would be the year that small cells will begin to have any real impact.
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10/6/2013 | 2:36:47 PM
Re: Micros v macro
The rise of "super-macro" can only be bad news for any vendors that have bet their future on small cells. Not saying they won't factor into the network in a major way eventually, but this alternative strategy plus already slow market development for small cells should kill any talk of 2013 being the year of the small cell.
DanJones
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10/4/2013 | 10:30:19 PM
Re: Micros v macro
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milan03
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10/4/2013 | 9:30:07 PM
Re: Micros v macro
Back in June NSN spilled the beans by saying that "in less than 12 months they'll have a commercial 4X2 MIMO network rolled out with a major U.S. operator".

There is only one Tier 1 operator in the US utilizing NSN equipment.
MichelleDonegan
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10/4/2013 | 3:46:35 PM
Re: Micros v macro
Hi, Sarah!

I don't think it's an either/or scenario when it comes to macro vs. small cell. It's more like now/then. Operators have more options available to them now for upgrading their macro sites. For many operators, there is still a lot of room to grow in those sites and several ways to add capacity. Also, as you say, the challenges with outdoor metro small cells are so great that it will be some time before they can be deployed in any big volume.

EE's Andy Sutton also said that there was still some work to do on the small cell ecosystem -- which suggests a lack of products generally (or rather, perhaps, products at the right price).

The message I got is that in this whole HetNet context, it's difficult for an operator to plan a small cell deployment when it hasn't exhausted all the possibilities for expansion in the macro layer. How many small cells will be needed and where  depends on how the macro cell is coping (or not) with varying traffic loads in the area it covers.

I'm curious to know how are Verizon's small cells going.

 
Sarah Thomas
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10/4/2013 | 11:04:45 AM
Micros v macro
Great post, Michelle (and hi!). Fits in well with the mobile backhaul panel in NYC this week. One of the panelists mentioned that operators are opting to put in more macro cells versus delve into small cells. Did you get the impression that it's either or? Seems like both will definitely win out, but the challenges assocaited with small cells are causing some operators to think harder about improving their macro networks instead.


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