FCC Moves to Speed Small Cell Deployments
The Federal Communications Commission today announced new initiatives that it hopes will reduce the number of hurdles network operators have to jump in order to deploy small or temporary cells. Specifically, the FCC clarified a technical provision in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 concerning local review of requests to modify existing wireless towers or base stations. It also launched proceedings to help speed up carriers' temporary network additions, such as Cells On Wheels (COWs) and Cells On Light Trucks (COLTs), which are typically used temporarily in public spaces to provide additional coverage. Last, the FCC is going to explore whether or not the existing shot clock that municipalities use to evaluate new cell tower applications is sufficient. The FCC expects these initiatives to play out over the next few months.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
May 3, 2017
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.
T-Mobile Talks Up Coverage Improvements, iPhone Deals
Sep 10, 2015
T-Mobile said it has doubled the number of square miles covered by its LTE network over the last year, according to a blog post written by CEO John Legere. T-Mobile is on track to blanket another 600,000 square miles of area with LTE by the end of the year.
Court: FCC Allowed to Manage Tower Siting Process
Dec 21, 2015
An appeals court sided with the FCC recently in a decision that upholds the agency's authority to accelerate the process of gaining local approval for cell towers. The U.S.
AT&T and Verizon Will Work Together On Future Cell Towers
Nov 13, 2017
AT&T and Verizon have tapped Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of small cell towers around the country. Tillman already builds, owns, and operates a series of towers and small cells.
Nokia's ReefShark Chips to Connect 5G Base Stations
Jan 29, 2018
Nokia today announced new 5G chipsets that will triple the throughput of base stations while also drastically slashing power consumption. The ReefShark chipsets pair Nokia's antennas with artificial intelligence in order to push the performance of base stations.