Small cells

SlideshowEricsson Boasts Small Cell Breakthrough

Just Don't Confuse It With the Smoke Alarm
Ericsson believes its Radio Dot small cell is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional and cost-effective.
Ericsson believes its Radio Dot small cell is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional and cost-effective.

Haraldsvik 9/26/2013 | 2:08:54 PM
Re: Even if it's only slightly unique.... You know there's a market for medium to large enterprise in-building mobility when Ericsson shows up...3 years late :-)  The shift from small business to Medium and Large comes with scalability, interference, security and installation issues. But, beyond coverage, you need capacity. If you are so lucky to get invited by the CIO to come inside to fix the problem (to avoid losing the customer or gaining anew one), then you also need to keep in mind that you are likely not coming back for a long time (with any wiring closet or wiring needs).

The DOT-OneFrequency-DAS approach by Ericsson is tied to what they know best: Macro cellular outdoor coverage, Iub and DAS. It makes perfect sense. But, it's not a small cell system that will work for new customers (where there's no DAS). DOT is a distrubuted antenna that add coverage, not capacity and with no avenue for managed services, etc. The DOT does not magically work wihout the normal DAS backhaul and equipment required (http://www.spidercloud.com/assets/pdfs/ExactVentures0912_0.pdf )

This works where all the necessary DAS is already in place (large buildings, one enterprise company. For buildings where there are many enterprises, it's hard to impossible to cost-justify new base station install and new microwave backhaul unless an operator can secure all businesses inside the building or campus.

We all compete in the market place. The customers' customer will decide what works. We'll all have to wait another year to see DOT work or see DOT go :-)

But let's not be confused. Dot is DAS and the 100-page DAS installation manual from Kris Rinne's team must be followed (same for testing). 

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wendyz 9/26/2013 | 11:59:29 AM
Re: Indoor is where the small cell action is Where's the love? No mention of the market leader in small cells! I guess 3 years with 57 small cell contracts (43 already using ALU enterprise cells) across 33 countries is old news? We better talk soon : )
jhodgesk1s 9/25/2013 | 9:29:58 PM
Re: Indoor is where the small cell action is Got to hold one at the Ericsson event today. They claim lifespan will be comparable to other traditionally designed radio components.
pdonegan67 9/25/2013 | 3:20:42 PM
Re: lightposts.... Very good call, Ritch. I agree with you entirely.

The carriers say they're determined not be dumb pipes. Then they try tearing each other to shreds - driving up rental prices in the meantime - to get exclusive or preferential access to light posts and other real estate. What's a lightpost if not the ultimate dumb pipe ?

Real-estate sharing models for metro or public access small cells will come in different shapes and sizes in different countries, indeed in different regions, even different ciities.

But the operators will end up alighting on more of a shared model than many started out assuming, and many are still assuming.
RitchBlasi 9/25/2013 | 2:48:02 PM
lightposts.... Don't be surprised if the carriers form alliances with the local electric utilities to run some kind of backhaul to the tops of lightposts.  Not too far from reality.
MordyK 9/25/2013 | 2:20:39 PM
Re: What about Outdoor Coverage These things are so small they can be strung on light posts or any other form of utility posts, but the strict backhaul requirement would be a big hinderance.
Sarah Thomas 9/25/2013 | 12:41:50 PM
Re: Even if it's only slightly unique.... Cisco's Partho Mishra says that its indoor small cells would work just as well outdoors, but it's clearly focused on the indoor market. I'd expect a response from it sooner rather than later...
RitchBlasi 9/25/2013 | 10:55:52 AM
What about Outdoor Coverage Interesting and cost effective solution for indoor coverage - can Ericsson develop something similar for outdoor small cells?  The time frame for offering this solution might tie in with what carriers are planning for backhaul.  I would think the carriers need to drive down opex costs for outdoor smalls cells could be offset by a solution such as this.
[email protected] 9/25/2013 | 10:48:22 AM
Even if it's only slightly unique.... If Ericsson has managed to develop an inddor cell that is essentially a shrunk-down version of a macro cell with same chataceristics and management system etc at much as less than DAS then it sounds like it should be a signifoicant addition to its arsenal.

But with GA in H2 2014, and with SpiderCloud getting its foot in the door at Vodafone AND with Cisco ready to put its weight behind its small cell ine arly 2014 etc etc )(factor in Huawei, NSN, ZTE) then market advantage miht not be as strong as the Swedes might like...

pdonegan67 9/25/2013 | 10:47:33 AM
Indoor is where the small cell action is Yep, indoor is where most of the new small cell deployment action is. And for a while yet.
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