February 11, 2016 — New technologies are being introduced that will boost deployment in the small cell ecosystem. For one, Verizon and Samsung are working on a 4G LTE Network Extender for the enterprise that is designed to enhance wireless coverage indoors. It uses Samsung’s small cell technology to deliver a 4G LTE solution for organizations in weak coverage areas. The claim is that it can enhance indoor coverage in 10,000- to 100,000 square-foot environments.
Another sign is that both Verizon and AT&T invested heavily in DAS, small cells, and cells on wheels (COWs) to make sure their networks could handle the masses for Super Bowl 50.
Verizon made a $70 million long-term investment to more than triple LTE wireless data network capacity in key areas throughout the Bay Area for Super Bowl week. AT&T invested more than $25 million so fans can post and share experiences faster and easier.
A new platform for small cell is coming. Dubbed “integrated small cell and ‘trusted’ Wi-Fi” (ISW) – it is the marriage between these two technologies, and puts a new, integrated platform out there for mobile networks. Trusted Wi-Fi and small cell networks are sorely needed to create a secure ecosystem that can integrate with Hotspot 2.0 architecture, and embrace both carrier and enterprise Wi-Fi.