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:
- CTIA 2012: LTE, Apps, Small Cells & More
- Small Cells Throw Up Big Challenges for Operators
- Sprint Tees Up LTE Small Cells
- PureWave Selects TI for 4G Small Cells
- NSN Expands Small Cell Portfolio
- Freescale Lands in Small Cells
- PureWave Unveils Small Cell LTE Base Stations
- Who's Big in Small Cells?
- CTIA: Behind the Devices
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