Small Cells - Bringing network closer to user.
Small cells bring network closer to user, where and when needed, and are key part of the solutions to the 1000x challenge. But it’s just not about adding small cells; optimizations bring much more out of them.
Bringing the network closer to the user by adding small cells is instrumental in meeting the anticipated 1000x increase in data demand. These Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) incorporate all kinds of small cells such as femto, enterprise, pico, metro, relays, in addition to the macro cell. To make the 1000x vision a reality, we need self-organizing low-cost small cells supporting 3G/4G and Wi-Fi as well as new ways of deploying small cells at a lower cost.
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Femtocells are here.
The residential femtocells are already popular among operators. Actually, there are more 3G femtocells deployed in the market today than macro cells. Typically, these are closed (only allows registered users) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.’s UltraSON™ suite of tools are essential for proper femto/macro interworking. Going forward, residential small cells will have a much broader role with new deployments models such as open neighborhood small cells.
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Neighborhood small cells – an Inside out approach.
Neighborhood Small Cells (NSC) is a new deployment model which creates a network of extremely low-cost, plug-and-play, open access, indoor small cells. It not only offers very high indoor capacity but also provides outdoor capacity, and good coverage in the immediate “neighborhood.” It is deployed wherever backhaul and power is available, even by end-users, so it is unplanned/ad-hoc deployed from a radio perspective.
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UltraSON™ – Enabling all types of small cell deployments.
To cost-effectively deploy small cell on a large scale, we need to bring the benefits of more unplanned/ad-hoc deployments to all scenarios; residential, NSC, enterprise, pico/metro. Dense deployments also pose multiple configuration, mobility and coordination challenges. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.’s UltraSON is a suit of self-organizing and management algorithms designed to address these challenges and to realize the vision of plug-and-play, self-configuring and self-optimizing hyper-dense networks. UltraSON enables all deployment scenarios; from residential and NSC, enterprise to metro/pico.
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More spectrum for small cells.
Licensed spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless networks and the industry is working hard to make more available, also in higher bands. Thanks to its low power and future densification, small cells are well suited to take advantage of new and higher spectrum bands, in addition to share the existing bands with macro networks. Authorized Shared Access (ASA) is a new licensing model to free up underutilized government spectrum, that also is well suited to small cells. The converged 3G/4G small cells also leverage unlicensed spectrum with carrier Wi-Fi today and LTE Advanced in the future.
Learn more about ASALearn more about 3G/4G-Wi-Fi seamless interworkingLearn more about LTE Advanced in unlicensed spectrum
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