Small Cells Densification Upends the Macrocell Economy

4Q 2016 | IN-4382

At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam shared some of Verizon Wireless’s 2016 development, and what we can expect in the upcoming year. A significant portion of the discussion revolved around small cell densification; the CEO shared that “the cost and the ability to deploy had crossed over with the cost of the spectrum.” Infrastructure vendors feel the direct effect, as spectrum acquisition cost can contribute significant drag for additional macrocell deployment, reducing revenues. Operators in other markets can learn from Verizon’s direction, as small cells densification may be cost effective and provide more options.

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