The Next Level of Small Cell Technology
Airspan is Continually Changing the Game of Small Cell Technology
Approximately every decade in technology since 1980 has seen a new generation of cellular standards, and according to key players in the industry, we are now due for an addition of another generation, the 5G network. What does this mean? The blanket impact will be increased speed, which coupled with high end hardware could allow for advances in machine learning, virtual reality, etc. In order to successfully introduce 5G, there needs to be appropriate infrastructure to scale up and provide service to people all over the globe. Airspan is doing this with their small cells and a promise to improve wireless network coverage, capacity, and efficiency.
In order to understand the impact of Airspan’s plan, we need to understand the basics of small cell technology. Small cells are low power cellular radio access nodes operating in a specified wavelength spectrum. They are small in comparison to the traditional mobile macrocell since the range is shorter and the functionality is more basic. It is important to note that there is a bias towards building more small cells due to expectation that small cells will provide a viable method for increasing network capacity and quality for next generation networks.
Airspan’s expertise and bet on small cell technology has led to the installation of thousands of small cells world-wide. By helping operators increase network density, Airspan is laying the foundational infrastructure for 5G, achieving enhanced mobile broadband speeds today on 4G small cell architecture.
Airspan is delivering on the expectations of small cell technology through partnerships with forward thinking operators around the world. Airspan’s partnerships include Spring (USA) and Reliance Jio (India). In addition to innovations in technology, such as the Qualcomm FSM Chipsets, there have been innovations in small cell site economics to make wide scale small cell technology viable.
Through the partnership between Airspan and Sprint, Sprint has launched more than 80,000 small cells since the launch last year. This has led to Sprint’s national average download speeds increasing year-over-year by an astounding 60%. This is improvement that is noticeable for large scale commercial customers. Through such examples, small cells are gaining interest and popularity amongst wireless network operators. The interest in how small cell technology can facilitate network densification is growing.
One potential application that would benefit from network densification through small cell technology is the Internet of Things (IoT). The premise of IoT revolves around the connectivity of billions of connected devices that can exchange information in a seamless and actionable manner. Airspan’s knowledge and experience in the IoT space also contributes to the drive of using small cell technology for network densification. As leaders in delivering smart city communication networks and broadband connectivity to multiple modes of transportation, Airspan’s unique experiences will no doubt lead to unique models for monetization of future 5G applications. Airspan is helping usher in the era of 5G through small cell technology. By providing the means to network densification at scale, Airspan will continue to improve the applications and impact of small cell technology.
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