Track 4: Wireline & Wireless Transformation

Small Cell Concealment


August 16, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Mike Johnson

BICSI – 1 CEC

Demand for greater bandwidth for mobile data traffic continues to advance at record pace. Driven by competition to attract the most subscribers, items like unlimited data plans and the promise of faster speeds with the coming 5G technology are requiring carriers to further densify their networks, especially in urban areas. Small Cells are being deployed to satisfy this increasing demand on the network. Installing Small Cells in the network comes with many unique challenges. Real Estate permitting can be significantly more difficult to obtain. Concealment of equipment (ie radios, router, rectifiers, batteries, fiber interface) in a municipal environment is difficult. Different municipalities have different ideas on what an acceptable Small Cell deployment can be. Municipalities provide stiff opposition to placement of devices that inhibit views or visually contaminate the landscape. These challenges create a need for solutions to conceal Small Cell deployments to blend into urban environments. In this presentation we discuss the challenges to providing concealment solutions for Small Cell deployments and some ways that these issues have been addressed. We will explore one off solutions as well as more mass produced solutions that maximize the cost-effectiveness of concealing Small Cells.

In this presentation we discuss the challenges to providing concealment solutions for Small Cell deployments and some ways that these issues have been addressed. We will explore one off solutions as well as more mass produced solutions that maximize the cost-effectiveness of concealing Small Cells.