This year saw an increase in small cell activity from vendors.
Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ericsson introduced new small cell technology. According to AGL Media Group, Cisco purchased Ubiquisys, a small cell software provider based in the UK.
Alcatel-Lucent was able to bounce back from a rough year by making a major announcement. In the announcement, Alcatel-Lucent stated they would be pairing up with Qualcomm to specialize in ultra-broaband wireless access technology. The collaboration with Qualcomm includes small cell base stations. These base stations enhance 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi in residential and business environments.
Ericsson also announced they would be entering the small cell market. According to AGL, “Telecom giant Ericsson launched a minimalist small cell radio in late September, which will provide indoor coverage that mirrors the functionality of the outdoor cellular infrastructure….The disk-shaped small cell, which is small enough to fit a person’s hand, is called Ericsson Radio Dot System.”
It will be interesting to see the evolution of the in-building wireless market over the next few years. The impact of these new small cell technologies could be drastic.