The importance of small cells in delivering on the potential of LTE can’t be understated; but for that to happen, it’s vital we make sure operators have the ‘street smarts’ to effectively deploy them. If we do, I’m sure LTE will enjoy a very bright future.
Meet Zero Site, a new concept for street lighting that includes a tiny mobile base station. Launched along with an innovative financing scheme, there are huge benefits to be had for municipalities, carriers and mobile users alike — but possible risks, too.
Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that’s about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn’t share it with anyone else.
Perlman — the iconic Silicon Valley inventor best known for selling his web TV company to Microsoft for half a billion dollars — started work on this new-age cellular technology a decade ago, and on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater. Previously known as DIDO, the technology is now called pCell — short for “personal cell” — and judging from the demo Perlman gave us at his lab in San Francisco last week, it works as advertised, streaming video and other data to phones with a speed and a smoothness you’re unlikely to achieve over current cell networks.
The Magic Kingdom will use the mobile industry’s latest network sorcery. AT&T is installing tiny base stations throughout Disney World and Disney Land to boost mobile voice and data capacity throughout the theme parks.
IDG News Service San Francisco Bureau — Consumers will have to share small, inexpensive cells in their homes with nearby mobile users to affordably meet the growing demand for mobile data in the next decade, a Qualcomm executive said Tuesday.”There really is no alternative,” said Matt Grob, Qualcomm’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, during a presentation at the Qualcomm On conference in Santa Clara, California.
AT&T Trial Shows Small Cells Bring Nearly Perfect Coverage to Problem Areas
AT&T is constantly fighting to improve bandwidth on its overcrowded network, which has seen mobile data usage explode 30,000 percent between 2006 and 2012. The carrier has found a solution in small cells, which can bring nearly perfect usability to areas prone to dead zones and dropped calls.
Hoping to jumpstart a U.S.-led spectrum-sharing and small cell revolution, the FCC moved to open up the 3.5 GHz band for use by entities deploying small cells, which will share the spectrum with incumbents.