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DanJones
DanJones
11/27/2013 | 1:10:41 PM
For the record...
I don't think the red tape line is the sole reason small cells are in limbo right now.

 

Other reasons I have heard lately:

-- Carriers are still figuring out how to make money off of them.

-- Still too expensive to deploy

-- Backhaul sync issues are still a big technical problem

What's your take?
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
11/27/2013 | 2:00:51 PM
Re: For the record...
Powering the small cell is definitely one of the challenges to small cell deployments and I believe Ethernet access players are looking to network powering as a solution that makes small cells more easily  deployed. 

That said, rights-of-way, security (which Sarah discusses today), backhaul, management - it's all under discussion right now. 
DanJones
DanJones
11/27/2013 | 2:06:35 PM
Re: For the record...
Seems like it would be really hard to quantify how much data revenue city small cell deployments actually derive for operators too.
MordyK
MordyK
11/27/2013 | 7:02:37 PM
Re: For the record...
This goes back to our discussion about municipalities deploying networks on their street furniture (with partnerships) and and allowing networks to use that network as a virtual provider. This can generate revenue and fund the public safety network / Firstnet and possibly city wide muni Wi-Fi.
DanJones
DanJones
11/28/2013 | 6:04:23 PM
Re: For the record...
Yep, let's hope...
DanJones
DanJones
11/30/2013 | 10:55:39 PM
Re: For the record...
Hmmm, it seems like the FirstNet business model is pretty hard to work:

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-halts-negotiations-btop-recipients
MordyK
MordyK
11/30/2013 | 11:31:50 PM
Re: For the record...
I'm not one to make judgements on the precise network designs and all that, although it appears from both the link and elswhere that the FirstNet model is troubled. 

My suggestion however is more general for the urban public safety networks to be merged into a business of the utility poles. Many cities already have sizable deplyments of various wireless gear on street posts for security camera's and other needs and have significant budgets targeted at those deployments. SO instead of it costing the city they can combine it and make money while increasing the capbilities of the system.

If A successful FirstNet decides to hop on or join the public safety network all the merrier, and it will also take significantly less time to deploy as its just about going around and inserting modules, or depending on the small cells capabilities in that frequency simply enable them remotely, but the hard stuff such as power and backhaul are already in place.


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