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IF SCALING SMALL CELLS IS A PROBLEM NOW, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR 5G?

(credit to RCRWireless.com)

By Sean Kinney, Managing Editor on SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

A conversation with CommScope about the power, backhaul and siting challenges facing small cells today and in the context of 5G

Deployment of small cells at scale has dogged operators for years. Each site is unique and comes with its own set of challenges associated with securing adequate power and backhaul. Couple that with regulations that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and achieving a scalable process becomes quite difficult.

That’s the problem with small cells today. So, in the context of 5G, which is predicated on ultra-dense networks in support of capacity- and latency-sensitive applications, the scale problem is poised to only get more difficult.

Ray Butler, CommScope vice president wireless network engineering, said the scale issue is “probably the most relevant question right now. How do we get the capex and opex down on a per site basis to be able to deploy these tens of thousands of small cell sites that we talk about?”

He pointed to process efficiencies related to physical enclosures and poles that serve to streamline and add flexibility of access that helps drive deployment speed. Design changes and process changes allow for pre-configuration meaning the site can be brought live more quickly.

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