Small cells have suffered from the “cheap end point, expensive supporting infrastructure” problem since they were first deployed. Now, new deployments are leveraging the infrastructure elements in small cell deployments to allow small cells to provide cost-effective solutions in both indoor installations and outdoor installations requiring denser network availability.
Small cells are even displacing some DAS installations indoors. It is unlikely to become the general case, but it is something of note. Furthermore, some of these new topologies will lead the way to 5G deployments.
The cellular network topology is continuing to evolve in interesting ways. AGL reports some of the latest ways the tower companies are keeping competitive. Expect to see the development of similar topologies as 5G wireless begins to deploy.
Smaller cell sizes are likely to be a key part of 5G deployment. If you’re interested, take a moment to learn how Electro Rent has the test tools for fiber, small cells, and DAS deployments in stock for your next project.