Sprint Relies on 2.5 GHz and Small Cells for a Competitive Edge
There are tangible signs that mobile telcos around the world are starting to incorporate small cells into their network strategy. Nokia has reported a significant uptick in small cell shipments. At a recent Nokia analyst event in Vietnam, Nokia reported that Taiwanese mobile telcos had purchased thousands of small cells. Furthermore, a number of the Chinese mobile telcos are purchasing Nokia’s small cell solutions. Even though Chinese mobile telcos have deployed 2.5 million macrocells to help boost 4G and, to a lesser extent, 3G coverage, they are now switching a proportion of their investments to small cell. In 2016, small cell investments accounted for 5% of radio access network (RAN) capital expenditure (CAPEX). In 2017, it is estimated that 20% of China Mobile's annual cell-site upgrades/deployments are small cells, which is equivalent to 100,000 units.
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