Distributed Small Cell
- Primarily single-operator solutions supporting one or two frequencies bands per small cell
- Supports 3G (UMTS) or 4G (LTE) technology and WIFI
- Available in licensed operator cellular bands like 2100/1700MHz
- Can operate in unlicensed WIFI spectrum to provide capacity boost as a downlink offload
- Well-suited for enterprise applications where single operator deployments are the norm and where combined LAN plus cellular communications on the same cable infrastructure is highly valued
- Power for each small cell is typically delivered over the LAN cable through a POE+ driver
- Simple is virtually eliminated. No RF cabling, limited frequency combinations (single operator) and the very low transmit power levels (<250 mW) present at each small cell radio
- Passive intermodulation is virtually eliminated. No RF cabling, limited frequency combinations (single operator) and the very low transmit power levels (<250 mW) present at each small cell radio
- Connects directly to the operator’s core network or through a security gateway or to a hosted private network core using a luh and S1/X2 interfaces
- Can be offered as a private network with enterprise self-management
Typical Small Cell Deployment Scenario
Small Cell Applications
- Capacity enhancement technology that also provides coverage
- Leverages existing local broadband access for backhaul
- Well suited for small office/home office situations, in branch offices or in large enterprise buildings.
- Primarily used indoors, can also be used to serve a corporate campus.
- Premises-based deployment; government buildings, hotels, retail and hospitals as well as SMEs or corporate campuses
- Deployment is coverage driven but small enterprise-specific services and analytics are offered. These are larger units physically, with higher RF power, longer range and higher traffic capacity.
- 32 to 64 concurrent users per small cell
- Larger capacity being achieved across a campus or large building by deploying multiple units.
- Appropriate deployment guidelines allow enterprise IT personnel to successfully plan and deploy these devices, although operator/System Integrator personnel may be involved in the larger deployments.
- Backhaul may be shared with existing enterprise internet connectivity or use a dedicated connection.
- Comes in outdoor form factor for cost efficient rural and small community coverage applications