Cell Towers, Antennas Pushed by Mobile Data Revolution: A Feature Report

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RCR Wireless News takes stock of the latest in tower and antenna technologies, including fiber to the antenna, remote radio head use, backhaul, the move toward heterogeneous networks (hetnets,) and trends in tower safety and concealment. Features interviews with T-Mobile US, 3M, Galtronics, Ethertronics, Alcatel-Lucent, National Association of Tower Erectors, Mobilitie, Aviat Networks and more.

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Wireless networks are facing significant changes in how they are built and used, due to the huge increases in the amount of traffic, as well as the shift to network traffic being generated indoors.

The increasing load on macro sites and issues posed by trying to support increasingly varied spectrum bands and generations of technology while minimizing infrastructure footprints are some of the biggest challenges facing the wireless industry today, according to findings from T-Mobile US, 3M, Alcatel-Lucent, and others. ‘Towers, Antennas Pushed by Mobile Data Revolution,’ the latest report from RCR Wireless News, examines these industry-wide trends and challenges. New network technologies and standards-based features are driving changes at macro cell sites, and networks are moving toward hetnets with the advent of small cells and the increasing focus on indoor coverage through technologies such as distributed antenna systems.

Download this report to learn:

  •     The changing face of the network, from macro sites to small cells and DAS.
  •     Major trends in antennas and technology.
  •     Different industry views on the state of wireless infrastructure.
  •     Tower safety and concealment issues.
  •     Recently introduced components.
  •     Bonus: Supplier guide for tower services, staffing, training and hardware.

Watch the complimentary editorial webinar featuring:

  •     Kelly Hill, Technology Reporter, RCR Wireless News
  •     Joe Madden, Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts
  •     Dave Mayo, SVP Technology, T-Mobile US
  •     Christos Karmis, President, Mobilitie

“Wireless networks are evolving in how they are built and used, due to the huge increases in the amount of traffic, as well as the shift to network traffic being generated indoors,” said RCR Wireless News Technology Reporter Kelly Hill. “Antenna technologies are changing in order to keep up with network demands, and both the industry standards and real-world conditions make for some significant technical challenges.”

RCR Wireless News garnered insight from experts across the infrastructure ecosystem on the state of the industry, the role of small cells and DAS vs. the macro site, and both regulatory and standards-based initiatives that are in motion that hold potential impacts for the tower industry. The report explores issues and trends in site configuration, network densification and the impacts of multi-band deployments due to spectrum fragmentation in LTE. It also includes a snapshot of recent infrastructure investments by each of the four national wireless carriers and their ongoing work to roll out the latest advances in their networks.

“As the amount of people starting to use streaming data and video through LTE devices increases, as carriers implement VoLTE – all those types of things require modification to the network to support it all,” said Christos Karmis, president of Mobilitie. “You’re never really done.”

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