On Monday, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable announced that they will allow each other's high-speed Internet customers to access their metro WiFi networks, totaling over 50,000 hotspots.
As many new LTE networks are deployed globally, some mobile users are starting to enjoy higher access speeds and a better overall user experience. Drive testing has demonstrated the capabilities of these networks to deliver up to 100 Mbps per user – at least while there are not many users. While the availability of devices capable of taking advantage of these higher capacity networks has been scarce, and hence the tele-density of LTE users low, operators have generally managed to boost existing backhaul networks to handle the added capacity.
On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless, the Small Cell Forum, an independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment, released a whitepaper outlining the opportunities and challenges facing public access 3G small cell deployments. The paper found that public access small cells could play a key role in providing additional mobile coverage, capacity and new services in both urban and rural areas.
Smart Cities are potentially the next sizeable economic opportunity, not only for operators, but also for city governments. Cities of all sizes, ranging up to eight million people, have been testing and deploying smart applications and services to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. Small cell network technology can be deployed to build a sphere of wireless coverage encompassing entire segments of a city, including indoor facilities and other venues that often fall into coverage gaps or are just too costly for macro network deployment.
On Wednesday, market research firm Infonetics Research forecasted that the global small cell market will be worth $2.1 billion in 2016, with about 3 million small cells shipped.
This year, London will host the Summer Olympic Games. England last hosted the games in 1948, when mobile phones weren’t even invented. This year, the city and venues must prepare to handle the modern day technological issue of wireless communications. There will be a dramatic influx in mobile data and voice traffic by the spectators who have purchased almost 8 million tickets for the 302 events that will take place in London.
BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of 4G millimeter wave backhaul services, on Tuesday announced that it has secured an additional $10.3 million in series 5 funding. The funds will be used to support accelerating growth in backhaul for network deployments going into 2012 as carriers continue to address the data transport challenges expected with 4G mobile and LTE network deployments worldwide, says the company.
Infonetics recently released results on its report on small cell deployments, which found that telecom operators expect to double the percentage of base transceiver station units that are small cells from 6% this year to 12% in 2012.
Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., announced today that it has deployed the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as its Carrier Ethernet platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout its converged network.
Planned community Brambleton announced yesterday that it will be Verizon's first community in the U.S. to offer the Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service making the concept of the "Connected Home" a reality. The service will enable Brambleton homeowners to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone, a computer or through FiOS TV.