We live in what I have characterized as “The Age of Acceleration.” It is a time when the only things we can take as constant in the tech world are change and the increased speed at which things are changing. It impacts every aspect of how we work and live.
One of the most profound changes in this new age has been the explosion of bandwidth-hungry personal devices that all of us have come to rely on at work and on the go. Research shows that we are in the midst of an unprecedented increase in the average number of such devices from one or two just a few years ago to more than six and possibly many more in the near future. It also shows this is a global phenomenon.
With this device explosion has come our increased demands that these devices have broadband connectivity—everywhere, any time, all the time and with a secure and quality user experience for all of those apps and video we wish to enjoy.
In fact, this desire/demand by customers for always on/all ways connected quality access is the reason behind wireless service provider urgency to deploy a next generation infrastructure to meet not just short-term customer (of all types be they individuals or enterprises) but long-term traffic demands. Current infrastructure, particularly that of macro-cellular operators are reaching the breaking point in terms of providing everyone the bandwidth and experience they want. It has put extraordinary stresses on operator backhaul and signaling networks and not just their cell sites.
This acceleration of demand for ubiquitous broadband is also driving new business models that take into account end user demands for seamless, easy-to-use, trackable and simple to pay for everywhere access that can be offered profitably. As a result we are seeing service providers look to converged offerings, which include fixed wired along with fixed wireless and mobile access, along with new services that can be deployed, as the next wave of how we can access what we need, when and how we need it.
It is no secret that the key to ubiquitous ultra-broadband access is the availability of next generation wireless. Wireless communications for online interactions is increasingly our preferred mode for many if not all of our interactions. The challenge for services providers, especially but not exclusively for mobile operators, has been how to deliver on the promise of ubiquitous broadband.
Interestingly we know the solution of the problem. In literally a matter of a few years there has been recognition that small cells are the best path to meeting the seemingly insatiable appetite for ubiquitous broadband connectivity. Indeed, this recognition of small cells as going from nice to necessity is a prime example of the speed of how fast the communications industry has and must change.
What has been more than a bit problematic is that if small cells are the answer—and their rapid deployment not only can relieve the stress on macro-cellular networks but provide a platform for new services that can leverage everywhere availability of broadband IP networks, optimized for things like LTE (News - Alert) VoIP (VoLTE), WebRTC and video—how do we overcome a series of extremely complex issues that whose resolution can facilitate accelerated small cell deployment?
Alcatel-Lucent, with the most extensive experience in developing and helping deploy small cell solutions, allowed TMC (News - Alert), through a multi-part series of blogs and articles to explore all of the issues and challenges surrounding small cell capabilities and deployment issues. Their insights and recommendations have been captured in an insightful eBook, Small Cells Go Public.
Topics covered include:
- Small Cells and Other Technologies Ease Mobile Bandwidth (News - Alert) Demands
- Interest is Strong for Small Cells in the Enterprise
- Factors to Consider in Small Cell Deployments of Metro Cells
- Small Cells Regulation Needs to be Addressed
- What You Need to Consider When Planning a Small Cells Network
- The Impact of Small Cells on MME Signaling
In addition, you may wish to also read about Alcatel-Lucent’s (News - Alert) recent announcement of the creation of the MetroCell Express Site Certification Program, who objective is the creation of a best-in-class ecosystem to enable operators to accelerate small cell deployments.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker