May 2016: Just this week, CommScope announced that national wireless carriers have committed to “an extensive deployment” of its small cells in small to medium-sized business locations. The deployment is part of the carriers’ network densification plan, which the companies continue to pursue both for LTE services and in advance of 5G. The cells are based on Qualcomm FSM small and Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi chipsets and support both 2.5 GHz TD-LTE and 802.11ac dual-band, dual-concurrent Wi-Fi.
May 2016: 1. Small cells are a crucial part of Sprint’s strategy to improve its network while cutting some of the costs associated with traditional macrocells. “When you’re poorer than the rest (of the carriers), when you have less money, you’re going to deploy your network” in different ways, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said during a conference call with media representatives following the carrier’s quarterly earnings release this week. “We’re a lot smarter in how we’re deploying our network,” Claure continued, saying the carrier has begun to employ a “site by site” strategy. “We’re not going to the tower companies and signing a 20-year agreement if there’s no need.”
March 2016: In 2016, the wireless industry is ramping up the deployment of Small Cells on utility poles where rent can be as low is $60 per month. We know from our insider knowledge that when these small cells are fully operational later 2016, there will be less dependencies on macro (big) cell sites. See how Sprint uses Small Cells in its network.
March 2016: See hundreds of Engineering positions posted by wireless carriers looking for Small Cell engineers. Just Google “Small Cell wireless engineer” and you will see the tremendous demand for Small Cell RF Engineers. This is real. 2016 is the year of Small Cell buildouts.