This post is by Stephane Daeuble from Nokia Solutions and Networks
Imagine providing 4-10 Mbps HD video services for all your users.Sound implausible? Well, in a few short years, all operators in all mobile markets could be doing just that.
How are operators to provide this level of service to all subscribers everywhere, whether they are outdoors or indoors, in their homes, shopping in a mall or at the cinema?
Of course, macro sites remain the key asset, yet outdoor small cells can be used to complement these main sites, ensuring that in busy urban areas the required coverage, capacity and service targets can be achieved cost-effectively.
Outdoor small cells for capacity will be used mostly in dense urban areas – how many to use will depend on the service level that operators choose to provide.
While indoor larger locations like malls and tube stations will need their own indoor small cell, an outdoor street level small cell network can also penetrate the walls of shops and restaurants. Using outdoor small cells in this way would be a faster, cheaper and much simpler way of bringing service to customers in these urban areas compared to populating every indoor location with dedicated cells.
Operators will probably use a blanket approach, with a cluster of cells that meet capacity and coverage demands of busy hot zones, and individual small cells used for specific hot spots.
Nokia Solutions and Networks takes a holistic approach to small cells across the lifecycle of the solution. Why, because we believe small cells are a key ingredient of the unified HetNet concept, which is part of our vision for a Liquid Net – a network where capacity flows freely to match demand.
New white paper
To learn more about how to use outdoor small cells to solve capacity and coverage challenges, check out our new white paper: “Outdoor 3G/LTE Small Cells Deployment Strategy: The Race to the Pole”.
We have more to share on NSN’s Small Cells portfolio here.
There is also a recent article on ThinkSmallCell that talks about NSN’s approach for integrating Wi-Fi and Small Cells, here.