Small cells

AT&T: 3G Small Cells in 18 US States

AT&T says it has now deployed 3G small cells across 18 different states in the US.

The states are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, a spokesman for the operator told Light Reading Monday evening.

The tiny basestations extend 3G HSPA+ coverage and capacity, the spokesman confirmed. The operator has these initial units installed in outdoor and indoor environments, including high-rise buildings.

The next move in AT&T's small cell strategy will be the deployment of "Multi-Standard Metrocells" (MSMs), which are expected to be introduced some time in 2014. Those units will combine 3G, 4G, and WiFi, support carrier aggregation between the 700 MHz and AWS spectrum bands, and will eventually become the carrier's standard small cell.

The burning question now, though, is -- how many small cells has AT&T deployed so far? The operator isn't saying, but it expects to have deployed at least 40,000 of the tiny basestations by the end of 2015.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones 11/12/2013 | 2:14:12 PM
Re: Small Cell Provider Existing suppliers so far. They had AlcaLu units at the last tests I saw.
SanJoseNetworking 11/12/2013 | 12:56:41 PM
Small Cell Provider Whose small cells did AT&T use for these deployments?  Any word on whose they'll use for the upcoming multimode deployments?
Sarah Thomas 11/12/2013 | 10:26:13 AM
Re: Multi-standard small cells Eventually, won't all of them be mulit-standard? From what I've heard from small cell vendors, WiFi will become a standard feature in all, whether they are 3G, 4G or both.
DOShea 11/12/2013 | 8:54:24 AM
Multi-standard small cells Out of that 40,000 goal, is there a way to guess roughly the percentage that could be multi-standard? Has AT&T hinted at this at all?
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