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CTIA Postscript: Small Cells Step Out

Small cells started to get some serious credibility as a means to improve 4G data speeds and coverage at the International CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans last week.

Major operators have already been using tiny 3G base stations, usually called femtocells, to boost coverage in subscribers' homes. Now, as LTE networks grow, 4G small cells, sometimes called picocells, are moving to large indoor public areas and the edge of the network to increase data speeds.

Key news at the show included Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s plans for its first LTE small cells in 2012 and an AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) test for the mini-RAN elements.

Catch up on small cell videos, coverage and announcements from the CTIA show below:

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 5:33:07 PM
re: CTIA Postscript: Small Cells Step Out

This is the cheapest investment they can make and improve the bandwidth and coverage without the need for billion dollar spectrums.    Why are these technology Mullahs so blind?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:33:06 PM
re: CTIA Postscript: Small Cells Step Out

From talking to Sprint, my impression is that the outdoor small cells will need some more work on interference rejection before they're ready for prime time. As they're using similr vendors I imagine the same holds true for other operators.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:33:04 PM
re: CTIA Postscript: Small Cells Step Out

Interestingly, Verizon wasn't talking so much about about small cells as far as I could tell. They need to find out how the spectrum issues shake out I guess.

alandal 12/5/2012 | 5:33:04 PM
re: CTIA Postscript: Small Cells Step Out

Which band is VzW provisioning to use for small cells? Band 13 (700Mhz) or AWS (1700/2100Mhz)?


 


 

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