Category: deployment

Latest small cell deployment forecast puts neutral host strategies in spotlight

Nick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, ip.access With MWC finally upon us, the commercial reality of the telecoms industry has rarely been more firmly in the spotlight. With the ongoing drumbeat behind 5G there are big questions being asked about the business models that will make 5G networks viable. Nowhere is that question more pronounced than when it comes to small cells. Small cells will be crucial to any 5G future, and at the end of December the Small Cell Forum put out its latest forecast which suggests that small cell deployments could go past 11 million units by 2025. The...

Not all small cells are problematic – the enterprise offers a more attractive route to urban densification

The past few months have seen increased media attention and discussion around the quality of urban Small Cell deployments by the likes of Mobilitie and Crown Castle. This culminated last week with the downgrading of Crown Castle’s small cell business by analyst house BTIG research. The incident highlights how urban small cell rollouts are being compromised because of slap-dash workmanship, which is creating an unsightly environmental mess and leading to a political back-pressure against deployments. Rather than being any sort indictment of small cell technology, the problem seems to stem from inadequate policies and working procedures between vendors, carriers and...