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Small Cell Power

    Small Cell Power

    Industry projections have yet to be met when it comes to small cell deployment and most don’t realize the true reason why. The problem with a lack in small cell deployment is not the technology, or availability of the technology, but the process used to get small cells into the field and then connected to the network. Executives from Commscope recently spoke at Mobile World Congress 2017. They identified three problems that small cell deployment faces; power, backhaul and acquisition.

    In an effort to make the process as simple as possible, Commscope’s director for CSS business development, Wes Oxlee, used an example of centralized radio access network architecture. Oxlee noted the following:

    “C-RAN is really what’s forcing the carriers hand to go to the centralized architecture. What we’re seeing is a lot of the carriers are using their existing macro sites, as well, to house those C-RAN hubs then feeding out the small cell densification projects around that.”

    Oxlee continued with his explanation, saying, “big fiber shortage out there. Each of these small cells, they’re fiber hungry. Some of them require two, four, six fibers per site. Some carriers do throw fiber at the problems, but a lot of the companies out there are have to live with the fiber assets they’ve got or they have to lease dark fiber off of other vendors.”

    The company’s director of business development network solutions, Colin Bryce, discussed problems associated with the process of scalable site acquisition. Bryce noted that carriers looking to place small cells on the tops of buildings often find out that the managers of those buildings do not own the buildings, which slows the process of deploying small cells. Bryce said that carriers need to find multiple small cell sites in one package deal.

    The vice president of portfolio marketing, Phillip Sorrells, said that carries will be able to obtain savings by deploying small cell radios of higher power.

    “If you go by a Small Cell Forum definition, for every macro you’ll need about 10 of those,” Sorrells said. “If you can do five, it’s a big economic benefit. That’s one of the first things we started trying to solve. A little more power out of the radio isn’t a bad thing. It’s a little more expensive per small cell, but you have a lot fewer of them to do.”

    Another popular topic at the convention is centered around converging wireless and wireline systems and how the level of convergence has an increased emphasis on 5G.

    “It’s the last 100 feet. That’s where fixed wireless will have a play in some markets where it’s not economical to do those last 100 feet,” Oxlee said. “They’re using that mixed technology model.”

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