Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent Strike Small Cell Pact
Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent today announced plans to collaborate on 3G/4G small cells for use in residential and campus environments. The companies will use Qualcomm's mobile broadband technologies and Alcatel-Lucent's small cell technology to create base station equipment for use in shopping malls, businesses, and other urban areas where denser coverage is needed. Both firms will invest in a joint research and development program with the express purpose of creating next-generation small cells. The two companies believe that by working together they can offer wireless network operators a better solution for filling in the gaps in their wireless coverage. Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have said they plan to use small cells to supplement their larger macro network coverage.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Sprint Parent Greenlights Network Plan
SoftBank has given Sprint the go-ahead to begin its network improvement plan. The nation's third-largest carrier plans to densify its LTE 4G network to improve coverage and capacity.
AT&T No Longer Targeting 40,000 Small Cells This Year
AT&T recently dialed back language referring to its small cell deployments planned for 2015. The company said last year it would launch 40,000 small cells around the country to improve coverage and capacity by the end of 2015.
Qualcomm's Next Target Is Unlicensed LTE Over 5GHz
Qualcomm today announced its initial foray with LTE into the unlicensed 5GHz band, spectrum that is normally reserved for WiFi networks. Qualcomm believes LTE-U, or LTE in unlicensed spectrum, could help carriers fill in blank spots with small cells.