The Future of Small Cell Deployments

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2Q 2018 | IN-5088


Small Cell Products Continue to Evolve as Deployment Commitments Pick up the Pace


MWC 2018 saw a strong emphasis on 4G and 5G densification using small cells, with many mobile service providers announcing plans to densify their networks. T-Mobile shared its 5G plan, stating that it would begin by deploying 5G upgradeable equipment and LTE-Advanced Pro technologies to ensure it had mobile 5G to offer in 30 markets in the United States when 5G smartphones become available next year. An important element of this strategy is the deployment of 25,000 LTE small cells using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology, which is in the unlicensed bands. Also, Sprint specified that its 5G plan includes introducing 5G-ready equipment in 6 cities, which would include 40,000 outdoor small cells. Other global operators that stated continued activity in deploying small cells include Turkcell, Reliance Jio, and Telstra. In addition to mobile network operators, infrastructure providers, such as the tower company Crown Castle in the United States and Cellnex in Europe, have seen their small cell deployments continue and…

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