Small Cells

ExteNet Systems ​Densifies Wireless Carriers Networks with Small Cells

Small Cells are the most recent evolution of wireless radio technology and are becoming main-stream for Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) as part of their Heterogeneous network (HetNet) strategy. Small Cells are compact and low-powered base stations. The term, Small Cells, is an umbrella term used for a wide range of these compact base stations that include Femto cells, Pico cells, Micro cells and Metro cells. These low-powered radio access nodes typically have a coverage range from 30 feet to several hundred feet and have become a highly viable solution to alleviate the network congestion by providing for the densification needs of the WSPs.

Network densification requirements for WSPs have led to the need for distributed networks, as coverage and capacity needs have become critical problems. Due to the required density and critical placement of Small Cells, ExteNet’s extensive distributed network expertise and experience has become an asset for WSPs in their efforts to ensure a well-designed distributed network providing flexibility, reliability and scalability.

Small form-factor, low power usage, alleviated aesthetic concerns and carrier-class performance are just some of the key attributes that make Distributed Networks and Small Cells an optimal solution to address network densification needs of WSPs, enterprises and venues. Small Cells can be relatively easily installed and provisioned to offload mobile voice, data and video traffic from the macro network and provide basic & advanced mobile connectivity to users in certain geographic and coverage areas.

On a technical level, these Small Cells bring the network much closer to the user. Whereas legacy macro cellular networks may cover a broader coverage area in a radius of several miles, Small Cells can better serve high traffic areas and ensure true mobile broadband capacity to address the needs of today’s data-intensive users. A well designed and connected network of several Small Cells will create a high capacity network to substantially increase throughput per user and overall network bandwidth. The result can be a highly scalable, flexible and high-capacity distributed network that can be designed and engineered to ideally serve hot-spots with advanced mobile broadband connectivity.

Outdoor Small Cell nodes are typically placed on existing infrastructure such as utility/telephone poles, street lamps or traffic signal poles which provide a high density of potential sites where these location sensitive deployments take place. The ability to integrate Wi-Fi on an existing Small Cell node is a key technology advancement that can be a service differentiator. This approach allows for 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi service from a single deployment for a given WSP. In order to support high speed service, a dedicated transport network to support the various Small Cell locations is desired. ExteNet’s dense fiber networks, in combination with evolving wireless technologies, provide an ideal solution to support the needs of the accelerating deployment of Small Cells.

Nearly four in five mobile calls are made indoors, but network performance is often degraded indoors as wireless signals are distorted by walls, furniture and other structures. At a time when users are relying on smartphones and tablets more than ever for their business and personal use, distributed network architectures provide the optimal topology to address coverage & capacity concerns and solve the network densification needs of the WSPs in their endeavor to provide a superior mobile experience to their users.

Key Benefits Of ExteNet’s Small Cell Networks

Broadband Capacity - research indicates that augmenting a macro cellular network with distributed networks like Small Cells can improve network capacity between 100-1,000 percent

Ubiquitous Coverage – macro cellular network coverage can cover miles but does not address hard to reach outdoor locations or logistically difficult indoor venues

Minimal Interference - distributed networks utilizing Small Cells have lower output power and radiation centers that are closer to the ground, meaning that they are less prone to interference

Spectrum Usage - the higher number of low-power transmission points on a Small Cell distributed network enables better use of available frequency resources

Aesthetic Values – Small Cells and other distributed network solutions utilize smaller form-factor equipment which blend in better with the surroundings and can be discreetly placed

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