Small cells: shaping the future of wireless infrastructure networks
The Small Cell Forum outlines the trends, use cases and trajectory of small cell deployment and where towercos fit, or don’t
5G, digital infrastructure and smart cities are set to reshape demand for telecom infrastructure networks. TowerXchange speaks with Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer at the Small Cell Forum, about how small cells may be the big solution for neutral hosts, MNOs and enterprises. Rollout continues to accelerate, and with it a reorganisation of the towerco ecosystem.
TowerXchange: Let’s get back to basics, what makes a small cell a small cell and what role do they play in wireless infrastructure networks? What role will they play as 5G rollouts advance?
Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum:
There are two camps in the small cell space; in-building solutions (IBS) for indoor deployment scenarios and a parallel outdoor small cell, a shrunk-down macro base-station with all the functionality of a macro site but much less capacity.