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. However, its March 2014 acquisition of Leap Wireless led it to reconsider those plans. "The Leap deal gave us additional spectrum and towers that allowed us to pull back on our original target because we added more macro sites, providing us additional capacity to meet the rising traffic demands," said AT&T in a statement provided to Fierce Wireless. The company is still deploying small cells, but it will not say how many. Fierce Wireless suggests AT&T's goal for 2015 may be 20,000 small cells, or about half the original number.
AT&T Throwing 5G Tech at the Wall to See What Sticks
AT&T today said it plans to test a wide variety of potential 5G technologies throughout the year as it evolves from 4G LTE to next-generation mobile broadband. For example, the company intends to kick off field trials of AirGig later this year.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
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.
Verizon Adding Carrier Aggregation to 20x20MHz Channels
Verizon Wireless is upgrading its LTE network with several different technologies meant to boost capacity and speeds. Mike Haberman, Verizon's VP of network support, said the company is deploying carrier aggregation in its 20x20MHz channels.
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.
I'm seeing these everywhere
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28954377-SMALL-cell ... »
(fyi- I'm not the author of that thread, I don't think they're ugly, definitely not as ugly as a traditional cell tower).
I know Verizon has been doing a ton of these on lamps in SF,...