|Create Date||September 22, 2014|
|Last Updated||May 20, 2015|
Mobile operators around the world are witnessing a surge in data traffic as smartphone use increases, devices become more affordable and network capacity expands. One way in which they are responding to this data explosion is by adopting new, small-cell architectures that can better target underserved areas in developed markets, and extend services into previously unconnected remote and rural areas.
The technology developed for femtocells, the compact home base stations which have already been extensively deployed in many markets as a consumer offering, is now being adapted as a small-cell solution for outdoor metropolitan and rural deployments; an approach which is attracting keen interest from operators and vendors alike. In a global survey carried out on behalf of iDirect by Informa Telecoms & Media, the use of small cells as a means of providing wireless or mobile access in rural and underserved areas attracted widespread support, with almost half (47%) of respondents favouring small cells in preference to 2G or 3G macrocells.
This white paper by Informa Telecoms & Media evaluates the market potential for satellite backhaul when used in conjunction with small cells.
|Satellite backhaul for rural small cells|