Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 19, 2014
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.
“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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