Small cells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum, are operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence.
Small cells provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces.
Types of small cells include femtocells, picocells, metrocells and microcells – broadly increasing in size from femtocells (the smallest) to microcells (the largest). Any or all of these small cells can be based on ‘femtocell technology’ - i.e. the collection of standards, software, open interfaces, chips and know-how that have powered the growth of femtocells.
Small cells also facilitate a new breed of mobile service that exploits the technology’s ability to detect presence, and connect and interact with existing networks.
The consumer case for small cells is straightforward. More and more of us want to use mobile phones wherever we are, even at home or at work when there’s a fixed line available. We also expect ubiquitous coverage on the go and innovative mobile data services with sufficient bandwidth to enjoy them.
Using femtocells solves residential challenges with a device that employs power and backhaul via the user’s existing resources. It also enables capacity equivalent to a full 3G network sector at very low transmit powers, dramatically increasing battery life of existing phones, without needing to introduce WiFi enabled handsets.
Office, Retail or Industrial venues
Small cells also make sense in many enterprise contexts, providing a simpler, low-cost alternative to traditional in-building solutions. Enterprise femtocells enable business users to take advantage of high-quality mobile services in the office, retail or industrial venus, while improving coverage, accelerating data rates and significantly reducing capital costs.
Public & rural
Due to their low cost and easy deployment, small cells are also a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional macro networks in remote rural areas with little or no terrestrial network infrastructure. Likewise in metro hotspots, operators can deploy small cells to improve local coverage, increase capacity and offload macro network traffic.
At Optiglow we are technology neutral and will work on the solution that makes the most sense for our Clients. There have been many scenarios where Optiglow have recommended Small Cell technology over DAS or cell repeater solutions, it all depends on our customers unique needs, the specific market and the requirements of the Wireless Carriers network specifications.
Reliable wireless distribution is an integral part of business and pleasure, and it is only high quality wireless communication systems that can deliver an optimal wireless network system.