Distributed antenna systems are proliferating as carriers scramble to enhance quality-of-service in densely packed venues such as sports stadiums, shopping malls, and convention centers. In such environments, cell-tower coverage simply cannot handle the dense traffic of tens of thousands of voice calls and the image/video transfers endemic to smartphones.

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Everything is changing

As the pressures on operators mount from every direction – OTT competition, data-hungry subscribers and business customers, LTE, and VoLTE – the need for strategically realigned new business models dominates the agenda. Telcos define their competitive advantage by their ability to innovate and to keep pace with – or, better still, ahead of - the changing technology landscape. This means delivering services that consumers will love because they can enhance the mobile lifestyle. On top of that, it means meeting the ever more sophisticated requirements of enterprise customers.

The impact on the business

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Small cell technology is a promising solution to the massive surge in data traffic across the globe. Considered a key deployment model for offloading the congested macrocell network, it also helps ensure better coverage to network dead zones. 

Several small cell trends have been emerging recently, such as the rise of non-residential small cells and integration with Wi-Fi. The decision as to which deployment model to opt for will depend on understanding all of the benefits and challenges of this technology and ways to ensure the efficient roll out.

 This white paper covers:

  • Overview of small cells
  • Emergence of LTE small cells, HetNets and carrier Wi-Fi 
  • Industry trends and challenges
  • Efficient integration of small cells into macrocell networks
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Virtualization brings the promise of renewed competitiveness to telecom operators, allowing them to move forward with agility, speed and cost savings. As with all new technologies, it requires changes in how operators manage their business processes in procurement, planning and operations. This paper discusses operator process and the virtualized solutions that are available without waiting for the NFV ecosystem, when existing solutions delivering most of the advantages of the NFV, such as cost reduction, OPEX/CAPEX savings and elasticity, today.

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