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Small cells in airports is big opportunity, says femtocell firm

Ubiquisys, the developer of femtocell basestations, has identified an interesting trend in the small cell base station market, with operators in Japan and Korea planning deployment of cells for indoor public spaces such as stations, airports and shopping centres.

Phone operators have been actively shifting their focus towards indoor public access small cells and away from outdoor models, where they face significant deployment challenges surrounding site acquisition, backhaul and power.

This is unsurprising, as more than 70% of mobile data is consumed indoors, where there are many IP backhaul, power and motivated site owners.

Indoor small cells also provide maximum re-use of valuable spectrum assets and a stronger signal for mobile users.

“Outdoor small cells have a role to play, but the problems of site acquisition costs, backhaul and power coupled with the majority of data usage occurring inside is making indoor metrocells more compelling to carriers,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO Ubiquisys.

“Indoor small cells have clear technical and economic advantages, provide a natural integration point with WiFi, and can be fully deployed in just three months. That’s why carriers are increasingly making them the first choice for multiplying data capacity and coverage.”

“The figures show that the indoor small cell TCO is approximately half of the outdoor small cell TCO, and five times lower than the macrocell TCO for each MB of data served,” said Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts.

The Swindon-based company has seen its GM7 multi-mode cell for indoor public spaces has been selected for deployment in small cell programmes. The cell, which supports LTE, 3G-HSPA+ and WiFi, is specifically designed for use in a wide range of public spaces such as stores, malls, and transport hubs.

The Ubiquisys GM7 uses Texas Instruments TMS320TCI6614 chipset providing simultaneous LTE and 3G-HSPA, which the cell’s software can dynamically balance according to demand.



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