Neighborhood small cells (NSCs) are deployed densely in residential areas or in small business places such as coffee shops or doctor’s offices. Qualcomm Research’s studies show that this new deployment model provides huge capacity gains, where the gains increase with higher small cell penetration. With additional spectrum and sufficient density of small cells, it is possible to reach and exceed 1000x of today’s network throughput.1
Due to the ease of deployment and the fact that customer backhaul and site premises can be leveraged, NSC networks offer tremendous economic benefits in reduced CapEx and OpEx. Just as important, this network model uses standardized small cell architecture adopted by the industry, therefore ensuring full compatibility with legacy networks and mobiles.
NSCs can be deployed on the same carrier as existing macrocells or on a dedicated carrier. The latter is recommended to maximize capacity gains. In the case of LTE, the former is best deployed in conjunction with eICIC or FeICIC.
As the density of NSCs can be very high and network configuration and topology may change rapidly, it is important to have UltraSON™ features to enable robust operations of the small cells.