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    1. Chinese small cell market status August 2012

      China Mobile now seems to be recognizing that it can't solve its data capacity demand issues through macrocells alone. With a low takeup of their 3G service (less than 10% of subscribers), the strain on their huge GSM network is taking its toll. As with many other network operators elsewhere, their strategic plan involves a combination of 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi but critically, they recognize that small cells have an essential role to play and have been moving forward with trials and deployments.
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    2. Femtocells deployed by O2, Orange and Bouygues

      28 Jun 2012 Font Size: a / A France’s Bouygues Telecom, and O2 and Orange in the UK, have become the latest operators to announce femtocell deployments, reports Total Telecom, bringing the worldwide total to 43 carrier deployments. O2 has deployed 1,500 femtocell devices in one London apartment block, the world’s densest femtocell deployment. "The technology is proving to be a vital tool for improving mobile coverage and increasingly importantly, ca
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    3. Public access small cells to overtake macro says report

      Public access small cells to overtake macro says report
      Public access small cells will outnumber macro cells by Q4 2012, according to a report from Informa Telecoms & Media. The study highlights that Korean operator SK Telecom has successfully started rolling out the world’s first LTE small cell deployment, while AT&T, Sprint and China mobile have made commitment to 3G small cell roll-outs. Verizon Wireless has also announced its intention to launch LTE public access small cells, while Sprint has said it will roll out LTE designs at the end of the ye
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    4. Interest in small cells grows, but installation challenges abound

      Smaller base stations will offload mobile networks, but getting access to sites for them is proving to be a challenge Small mobile base stations are getting more attention as operators combat growing data volumes, but rolling out the equipment cost effectively is far from easy, Telefónica UK's chief radio engineer Robert Joyce said during a round table discussion organized by the Small Cell Forum. Use of small cells started in homes and now more operators are planning to use them in public areas
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    5. Interest in small cells grows, but installation challenges abound

      Small mobile base stations are getting more attention as operators combat growing data volumes, but rolling out the equipment cost effectively is far from easy, Telefónica UK's chief radio engineer Robert Joyce said during a round table discussion organized by the Small Cell Forum. Use of small cells started in homes and now more operators are planning to use them in public areas as well, according to market research company Informa Telecoms & Media. For example, SK Telecom in South Korea has st
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    6. Bouygues Telecom starts offering femtocells

      French mobile and broadband operator Bouygues Telecom has started offering its customers femtocells with a 40 meter radius made by Alcatel-Lucent. There is no extra cost for the device, which plug into any operator's ADSL or fibre gateways to improve Bouygues HSPA mobile voice and data quality in the home. It can only be used by mobile phones whose postpaid Sim cards are registered at the address with unsatisfactory indoor mobile coverage, and a maximum of four mobiles can use it simultaneously.
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      Mentions: Alcatel-Lucent
    7. Mobile operators expand small cells deployments into outdoor public spaces

      Mobile operators expand small cells deployments into outdoor public spaces
      AT&T & Sprint to launch public access small cells later this year while Telefónica and China Mobile move ahead with femtocellsJune 26th, 2012 – Informa Telecoms & Media today issued its latest quarterly small cell market status report which highlights growing operator interest in public access small cells as well as progress in the femtocell market. The report also highlights that small cells will outnumber all macrocells globally during Q4 2012 and that femtocells (aka residential small cells) alone will outnumber all macrocells shortly afterwards in Q1 2013.In the public access market, the report noted that SK Te...
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    8. Paolini: Can wireless backhaul facilitate transition to fiber backhaul?

      Paolini: Can wireless backhaul facilitate transition to fiber backhaul?
      June 6, 2012 — 3:15pm ET | By Monica Paolini Free newsletter via e-mail ____________________ Sign Up For Free Today! Related Stories * Wireless newcomer CENX scores backhaul platform deal with LightSquared * FCC frees up 650 MHz of spectrum for wireless backhaul * Ruckus scores deal with China Telecom unit for large-scale WiFi deployment * Qwest aims to ease wireless backhaul migration pain Tools * Subscribe * Email * P
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    9. China Mobile uses Mindspeed SoC to deploy TD-SCDMA femtocell

      Semiconductor networking products developer Mindspeed Technologies will form a joint development lab with China Mobile Communications to support the operator's recent deployment of TD-SCDMA femtocells. Mindspeed SoC processors will power China Mobile's small cell base stations. China Mobile is deploying TD-SCDMA femtocell in Suzhou using Mindspeed technology. Mindspeed's Transcede family of processors are NodeB and eNodeB SoC products that support concurrent 3G and LTE processing in a single dev
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    10. Mindspeed launches reference design for TD-SCDMA small cells

      Semiconductor networking products developer Mindspeed Technologies has launched a new reference design for enterprise and public access TD-SCDMA small cells. Combining Mindspeed's Comcerto C1000 CPE processor and PC205 baseband with the PC8818 software, the 16-user reference design will provide small cell coverage to the mobile market. Following Mindspeed's acquisition of Picochip, the new reference design demonstrates the synergies of the two companies' products. It combines each company's sili
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    11. Vodafone in Open Femto trial in Shetland

      Tuesday 17 April 2012 13:54:29 by Andrew Ferguson Two communities in Shetland look set to take part in a Vodafone Open Femto trial. Hamnavoe and Walls are to be the initial locations for the trial, with Unst and Wormadale sitting on the reserve bench. Vodafone has offered its Sure Signal hardware to allow people to utilise their broadband connection as the backhaul for registered mobile handsets, the Open Femto trials should be different in that no pre-re
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    12. Mobile networks ride on small cell backhaul

      In-Stat indicates a nine-fold increase from 2011 to 2015 in operator capital expenditures on exceeding Rs.1.53 lakh crore ($31 billion) in 2015. As operators invest in network capacity to satisfy consumers' insatiable appetite for wireless broadband, operators have had to explore heterogeneous networks topologies (augmenting macrocell networks with small cells) to make-up for a lack of spectrum. The growth of small cells is so tremendous that virtually all of the growth in operator backhaul capi
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    13. Small-cell, Wi-Fi backers advancing their technology

      Wi-Fi hotspots and small cellular radios could make life easier for both consumers and mobile operators, and powerful backers are lining up this week to show how they can maximize that potential. With next week's Mobile World Congress expected to put the spotlight on these new, hyper-local network elements, vendors and industry groups announced developments this week to make them more capable and interoperable. Fast-growing mobile data use is driving demand for equipment that can cover indoor sp
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    14. 4G LTE will be bigger winner at MWC 2012

      The mobile phone industry will gather at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month and it will say “4G is happening, at last”. The important 4G mobile technologies on show in Barcelona this month will be LTE and small cell basestations. These are femtocells which are a little larger than the one in your home. Global capital spending on LTE technology is projected to jump in size to $24.3bn in 2013, says market analyst IHS iSuppli. This rapid growth means that LTE will soon overtake
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    15. Follow-Up: How France's "Free" Cell Phones Really Did Disrupt The Industry

      Follow-Up: How France's "Free" Cell Phones Really Did Disrupt The Industry
      BY Kit EatonToday paris phone Working across a clever meshed network of cell phone signals from the usual towers, 3G signals emanating from user's broadband set-top boxes which also double as femtocells and Wi-Fi signals, the idea of broadband vendor Free.fr's new contract-free cell phone offering was to get users on board for as little as €20 a month--or about $25--and less if you're one of Free's existing broadband su
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      Mentions: 3G
    16. French get unlimited mobile for €20

      Disruptive French broadband provider Free Mobile has announced pricing for its new mobile venture, and it's cheap, really cheap, thanks to lots of Wi-Fi and femtocell offloading. For €20 a month the customer gets unlimited calls within France and to 39 other countries including the USA – and unlimited data too, with the price dropping to €16 if the customer is also getting ADSL from Free. Just €2 a month buys the user 60 minutes of voice calling and 60 SMSes too, a price which drops to nothing a
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