The persistent growth in smart phones, wireless applications and mobile videos has lead to an ever increasing volume of data traffic on wireless networks. The resulting network congestion has placed operators under increasing pressure to expand coverage and capacity in order to maintain subscriber service quality levels. These problems are compounded by the unbalanced distribution of data traffic and greater use of mobile devices inside buildings and enterprises.
Small cells are now being recognized as a valuable network tool for resolving localized coverage problems and increasing system capacity though macro system offloading. The value of picocells and femtocells in LTE deployments is even greater since macrocell capacity declines rapidly when approaching the edge of the cell due to the wideband nature of the air interface.
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Small Cells Defined:
Small cells are compact wireless base stations that enhance macro network service in high-usage areas by off-loading data capacity and enhancing voice coverage.
Femtocells, enterprise femtocells, picocells and metrocells round out the product offerings.
- Quiz: Would a Small Cell Help?
- Choosing Small Cells, WiFi, DAS or a Combination?
- Why use Small Cells in the Enterprise?