Separate announcements from major infrastructure vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks highlight the growing importance of carrier-grade Wi-Fi and intelligent traffic steering connectivity between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
EdgeConneX, which provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), said it will deploy an outdoor small cell network in Vermont for CoverageCo, a provider of carrier- and technology-neutral cellular coverage services to underserved markets.
Per-bit total cost of ownership of Wi-Fi hotspots is about half that of small cells for LTE and 10 percent of 3G small cells, according to a new report developed by Senza Fili Consulting and commissioned by Wi-Fi Alliance .
Large-scale rollouts of small cells in the United States will likely start next year, but Nokia Siemens Networks' CEO Rajeev Suri believes it will be a couple of years at least before sales of the diminutive base stations deliver sizable sales revenues.
The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) selected Advanced Wireless Group (AWG) to upgrade and expand the existing free Wi-Fi service at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Wi-Fi offloading from cellular networks is clearly no longer an afterthought, as evidenced by IHS iSuppli's forecast that nearly 1.2 billion handsets out of a total of 1.9 billion produced in 2015 will include Wi-Fi functionality.
Commenting that he's "not a big believer in the quad play," Gregg Siebert, CFO of Cablevision, said the cable company abandoned the notion of marketing a smartphone that would leverage cellular networks as well Cablevision's network of 80,000 hotspots.
As U.S. mobile operators watch their LTE subscribers grow, they are also seeing their LTE operating expenses take off, meaning their opex will outpace capex spending starting in 2015, according to a new report from iGR.
Swedish vendor Ericsson appears to have bigger aspirations for small cells beyond just increasing capacity and coverage for the macro wireless network.
Qualcomm's vision of the wireless future includes consumer electronics devices that integrate small cells, which could be used for sharing bandwidth with other nearby mobile users.