February 2, 2016

Modernizing Mobile Networks with Small Cell Technology

Small Cell Technology Increases Reliability of Mobile NetworksCustomers today continue to demand a reliable wireless signal that’s available anytime…anywhere; with small cell technology your business will be able to fulfill those increasing demands. Strong enough to address the increased data traffic within complex locations such as stadiums, malls and hospitals, small cell technology solutions allow organizations to transform weak coverage areas into productive work zones.

With the combination of technology evolution and affordability, innovative LTE solutions such as small cells, have become ideal for these mid-sized industries; aiding in improved user experience and enabling employee’s smartphones and tablets to stay connected where and when they are needed.

What is Small Cell Technology?

Small cells are mini, operator-controlled cellular base-stations that can help to improve cellular coverage, capacity and applications for various locations such as conference facilities, airports, hotels and large commercial office buildings. They continue to be a growing and reliable trend. Although small cells  have limited power and range (from about 10 meters to 2 kilometers), they complement larger macro base-stations, which are the most common cell sites, to permit greater subscriber capacity and faster data speeds.

Small Cells Becoming ‘Integral Part of Wireless Networks’

A recent article on RCR Wireless News: Intelligence on all things wireless, addresses the fiber needs of carrier small cell rollouts and the needs of wireless backhaul associated with small cell deployment.

“Mobile data traffic is just exploding. You’ve got wireless carriers now who are challenged really to keep up with that growth … and provide a great customer experience. Really, with the surge in demand, there are certainly pockets of capacity that are needed to basically augment the network. They’re now starting to employ things like small cells and are specifically asking for things like fiber backhaul. They have coverage, now they need capacity.”

Prevent Dead Zones with Small Cells

Meet the needs of mobile-dependent customers with a network infrastructure that balances Wi-Fi and cellular coverage. If you have a dead zones, your business can feel the effects. Take hotels, for example. Today’s traveler expects to have fast, reliable connectivity to make calls and access the internet no matter where they are in your building. If your coverage is weak (or nonexistent), guest satisfaction scores will definitely be affected.

Consider these recent statistics from hospitalitynet.org:

• 80% of mobile data connections take place indoors
• 70% of mobile voice connections take place indoors
• Wireless data traffic is up 50,000% in last seven years (AT&T)
• 67% of workers use personal devices in the workplace (Microsoft)

The best way to improve signal quality in any location is to add a Distributed Antenna System; satisfaction scores will improve immediately.

Improve Mobile Coverage with KMB

DAS and small cells are being deployed to provide coverage in targeted locations, moving radios closer to the subscriber and providing additional call and data-handling capacity in areas with concentrated demands for wireless service…all of this is very important when considering customer retention and quality of service.

Wondering which telecom tower will best suit your project? We explore a variety of types in our blog, Different Types of Telecom Towers: Which Design is Right for Your Site? Reduce dead zones and improve mobile data and voice capacity when you upgrade to DAS and small cells. Learn more about the benefits of small cells for your company.