Following a successful pilot in a village in the north of England, EE intends to connect around 1,500 rural communities in the next few years.
EBlink provides wireless “fronthaul” technology, which could help Alcatel-Lucent sell its vision of sticking the base station into the cloud.
Alcatel-Lucent says it’s begun deploying its tiny capacity-boosting base stations in Verizon’s network, and Ericsson is probably is doing the same. Don’t expect the big small cell deployment we’re seeing from AT&T, though.
The Magic Kingdom will use the mobile industry’s latest network sorcery. AT&T is installing tiny base stations throughout Disney World and Disney Land to boost mobile voice and data capacity throughout the theme parks.
After a year of testing small cells in every way imaginable, AT&T is ready to begin its large-scale rollout of the technology. The tiny base stations will boost bandwidth in the high-demand places with surgical precision.
Alcatel-Lucent’s new site-certification program has identified 600,000 locations on billboards, cable lines, and street furniture in the U.S. and Europe as small-cell ready.
SpiderCloud has already established an early lead in indoor mobile networking. Now it’s hoping to extend that lead in the age of 4G networking with a small cell that can support multiple wireless technologies.
The cuts are intended to save on costs, but also to help Alcatel-Lucent transition from something of a networking generalist to a specialist in IP networking and “ultra-broadband” access.
Ericsson has designed an enterprise small cell the size of a smoke detector. It claims the Dot will be the cheap, flexible product needed to fill the big indoor capacity and coverage holes in today’s networks.
The wireless technology Amazon is testing is called TLPS, which is basically Wi-Fi on its own boutique band. If Amazon can get it to work, then it could connect to Kindles to 4G-style services at Wi-Fi prices.