Small cells ‘essential’ for smart city development
Short range base stations make it possible to connect applications and people, says Huawei
Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei believe small cell projects will represent the backbone of connectivity as regional cities in the Middle East move towards the smart city concept.
Huawei plans to help operators to expand mobile coverage, providing additional business opportunities and in-return this move will benefit local residents.
"As customers continue to seek connectivity anytime and anywhere, small cell technology will be able to fulfil this increasing demand for mobile coverage capacity requirement in high-density area, which traditional solutions have not been able to handle," explained Marvin Chen, vice president of Huawei Small Cell Product Line.
Chen added: "Small cells are strong enough to address increased data traffic within complex vicinities such as stadiums, shopping malls, traffic hubs, aiding in an improved user experience. They truly are part of today's smart city services."
Small cells are operator-controlled, short range, typically up to 2km, mobile base stations, which are used to complement mobile coverage from larger macro-cell towers. Since mobile penetration continues to increase across the region, smart cells are connecting smart city applications between devices and people. Furthermore it helps telecom operators to achieve revenue growth by addressing the challenges of surging data traffic across indoor and outdoor environments.
Huawei's small cell solution LampSite has already been installed in public areas, such as Dubai Mall, where connectivity complaint rates reduced by around 70%.