Feeds

Alcatel-Lucent pushes carriers with plan for 600,000 small cells

Push aims to beef up service in cities by scouring out prime locations

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Telecoms network specialist Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a plan to boost small-cell mobile network coverage by linking up carriers with possible placement sites for small-cell mobile hardware.

The company said that its plan, dubbed the Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program, would help to link up local mobile carriers with companies that own and operate sites which could host small-cell network hardware.

Under the plan, carriers will be matched up with firms that own and manage billboards, real estate, and network services to seek out and build small-cell mesh networks that can support wireless coverage in cities.

Already, the company is identifying some 600,000 new potential deployment spots including roof-tops, billboards, and advertising structures, as well as existing fiber network installations that can accommodate small cells.

In doing so, Alcatel-Lucent hopes to expand wireless coverage in densely populated areas, and help to boost its small-cell hardware operations in the process.

"Wireless operators have embraced small cells as an essential part of their ultra-broadband wireless network, but they must adapt to the new challenges associated with building, operating, and maintaining these new small cell networks," said Alcatel-Lucent vice president of small cells Michael Schabel.

"In order to accelerate and simplify the deployment of small cell networks, we have solicited the help from companies who have assets to contribute to the solution."

The company's plan to kick-start its small-cell deployment plan has plenty of hurdles to clear, however.

Industry pundits note that in order to succeed, the company will need to take the program from a small network to a global licensing scheme that spans the globe and provides mobile operators with a far larger list of potential partners.

"This is a good start, but Alcatel-Lucent will definitely need to add more geographic coverage and exponentially increase the number of sites," noted Ovum principal analyst Daryl Schoolar.

"While being able to provide access to every site needed through the certification program is obviously unrealistic, Alcatel-Lucent must be able to cover a significant portion of the needed sites via its certification program for it to be successful," Schoolar said ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
Shades of Mannesmann: Vodafone should buy T-Mobile US
Biting the bullet would let Blighty-based biz flip the bird at AT&T
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.