Verizon is laying down 400 tiny cells in SF to boost LTE capacity

Kevin Fitchard, GigaOM, 2/24/15 In the coming months, workers and visitors along San Francisco’s major tech corridors may notice some very big improvement in Verizon’s 4G network speeds in some very specific places. The carrier plans to blanket the city’s SOMA, Financial District, Market Street and North Beach neighborhoods with 400 pint-sized transmitters called small […]

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Small cells: hurdles and potential

Colin Gibbs, GigaOM, 11/24/14 As the consumption of mobile data continues to soar, carriers are hard-pressed to serve the needs of end-users via traditional macrocell networks. As an alternative, businesses, municipalities, and other organizations look to small cells to provide voice and data services where legacy towers fail to provide optimal service. While various flavors […]

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AT&T plans small cell push for 2014 that is actually quite large

Phil Goldstein, FierceWireless, 12/24/13 AT&T Mobility  is planning a major push to deploy small cells across its network next year after an exhaustive series of tests to ensure that they do not interfere with the carrier’s macro network and with each other. AT&T has committed to deploying more than 40,000 low-power small cells by the […]

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How Free Mobile is using femtocells to build a mobile network with millions of nodes

Kevin Fitchard, GigaOM, 6/20/13 France’s Free Mobile has started on the next phase of its plan to shake up it the French wireless market. On Thursday its parent company, broadband ISP Iliad, started offering up femtocells to all of its customers at no cost. Residential femtocells are hardly an earth-shattering concept – French operators like […]

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Posted on June 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Public & Home-based Small Cells Promoted

Sam Churchill, DailyWireless, 5/10/13 Qualcomm’s chief technology officer, Mat Grob, pitched the idea of small, private cellular base stations this week, showing a base station small enough to be integrated into a set top box or home router.   “There really is no alternative,”said Matt Grob, Qualcomm’s CTO, during a presentation at the Qualcomm On […]

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NTT DoCoMo to launch world’s first dual 3G/LTE femtocells

Jay Alabaster, ComputerWorld, 11/16/2012 Japan’s largest carrier said it will begin using the new femtocells commercially from December to expand its network indoors NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile provider, said Friday it will soon launch the world’s first femtocells to support both 3G and LTE networks. The company said it will begin using the new […]

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 10:14 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Femtocells become strategic for improving mobile broadband experience

Paul Rasmussen, FierceWireless, 11/2/2012 While operators have been installing femtocell cells to deliver improved voice services, according to Infonetics Research. The report found that operators project they will have, on average, 211,000 femtocell subscribers by 2013. Infonetics claims there is a shift going on in how operators use femtocells, with more operators looking to use […]

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Posted on November 2, 2012 at 7:52 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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3G, 4G, Wi-Fi coming together in small cells

Stephen Lawson, ComputerWorld, 2/16/2012 The first LTE small cell from ip.access, for use inside buildings, will include a slot for Wi-Fi The age of monolithic cell-tower networks with a few Wi-Fi hotspots and home femtocells sprinkled in may come to an end at this year’s Mobile World Congress, where a diverse range of small cells […]

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Posted on February 16, 2012 at 9:44 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Femtocell Forum grows big – rebrands as Small

Bill Ray, The Register, 2/15/2012 The Femtocell Forum has changed its name to the Small Cell Forum, reflecting how the tech is migrating upwards, but also how femtos haven’t yet set the world alight. The organisation has been successful in uniting femtocell manufacturers, and around the world there are a scattering of deployments – most […]

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Posted on February 15, 2012 at 8:47 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Alcatel-Lucent integrates Wi-Fi with mobile networks

Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Service, 2/14/2012 Users will be able to authenticate using the SIM card on their smartphones and move between the two networks without interruptions Alcatel-Lucent is integrating Wi-Fi with mobile networks with its lightRadio architecture, allowing users to move seamlessly between the two networks and authenticate using the SIM card, the company […]

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Posted on February 14, 2012 at 9:38 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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