ExteNet Systems ​Densifies Wireless Carriers Networks with Small Cells

Small Cells are the new norm in wireless mobility networks, as Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) use them to build out their 5G networks, and densify their existing networks. Small Cells are compact and low-powered base stations that operate in a wide range of frequencies, depending on the supported technology. The term, small cells, is an umbrella term used for a wide range of these compact base stations that include Femto, Pico, Micro, 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 MNOs.

Network densification requirements, especially 5G,  for MNOs have led to the proliferation of small cells, 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 MNOs in their efforts to ensure a well-designed small cell network providing flexibility, reliability and scalability.

Small form-factor, low power usage, less aesthetic concerns and carrier-class performance are just some of the key attributes that make small cells an optimal solution to address network densification needs of MNOs, 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 networks may cover a broader coverage area in a radius of several miles, small cells can better serve high traffic areas and ensure reliable mobile broadband capacity to address the needs of today’s data-intensive users. When properly designed and built, small cells create a high capacity network to greatly increase throughput per user and overall network bandwidth. The result is a highly scalable, flexible and high-capacity small cell network that can be designed and engineered to serve hot-spots with advanced mobile broadband connectivity.

Outdoor Small Cells 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 for small cell installation. ExteNet works closely with municipal officials to provide education and assistance in the planning and deploying of a small cell network, as much of the installation happens in the public right-of-way (ROW). Our goal is to establish long-term positive relationships with community residents and local officials so that we can work closely together to enable high-capacity mobile communications services for all and deliver the inherent positive benefits that come with advanced connectivity.

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