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Topic # 146965 4-Jun-2014 13:18
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Vodafone’s corporate customers will be the first to benefit from its trial of “Small Cells”, which deliver significantly enhanced mobile coverage and capacity via a plug-in 10kg cell site in a box.

Small Cells take less than a day to set-up and install, plug into mains power, and can be installed on the side of a wall, in a cupboard, on a utility post, or outdoors – with low visual impact.

The boxed cell sites deliver high speed mobile data – 42Mbps download speeds – and can carry180 simultaneous phone calls.

Vodafone’s Head of Networks, Tony Baird, says Small Cells are the stepping stone to fifth generation (5G) deployment, and hold the key to future mobile coverage in built-up urban areas.

“With urban networks now quite well established, and space becoming a premium on streets, Small Cells can provide a smart solution for businesses in areas with poor coverage.

“The technology is low-cost and low-fuss, while providing impressive capacity and coverage for its size – which cannot be affected by external demands on capacity or issues.

“We see the technology being particularly useful for serving businesses, supermarkets, localised hot spots, and places with high foot traffic like malls and food courts.”

An additional benefit of Small Cells is the ability for customers to add other useful business services from Vodafone – like SIP trunking – using the fibre backhaul with the box.

Nokia Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen McFeeley, says that Small Cell technology is leading the 5G charge around the world.

“Our Small Cells product is an example of innovation in the industry. It offers smart and compact solutions that Vodafone is now using to provide coverage and capacity to key customers across New Zealand.”

Vodafone’s trial of Small Cells is another enhancement to its comprehensive portfolio of coverage solutions.

Vodafone is using high speed 3G Dual Carrier 42Mbps Small Cells for the customer trials.

Small Cells will eventually support both WiFi and 4G. Vodafone will begin testing 4G Small Cells next month.


Small Cell specifications:

 

  • Low power consumption: 180W (100% load)
  • Size 380 x 325 x 86 mm (h x w x d)
  • Outdoor -35 to +55 ºC, IP65




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  Reply # 1059176 4-Jun-2014 13:33
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Wonder if that needs at least 50Mbp/s back onto it.

Designed for a corporate situation of course.

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  Reply # 1059181 4-Jun-2014 13:37
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Would have more than 50Mbp/s back haul easy

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1059210 4-Jun-2014 15:07
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That's pretty neat.

Wonder how much it costs.




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Can it be run on a non-vodafone broadband connection? :)

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DjShadow: Can it be run on a non-vodafone broadband connection? :)


This would be a Point to point connection running this :) Probably dedicated bandwidth and fixed location. Fibre the whole way.

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  Reply # 1059316 4-Jun-2014 19:30
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TimA:
DjShadow: Can it be run on a non-vodafone broadband connection? :)


This would be a Point to point connection running this :) Probably dedicated bandwidth and fixed location. Fibre the whole way.


Or a dedicated microwave link. I seriously doubt it would ever be offered across non Voda Networks.

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  Reply # 1059813 5-Jun-2014 13:48
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TimA:
DjShadow: Can it be run on a non-vodafone broadband connection? :)


This would be a Point to point connection running this :) Probably dedicated bandwidth and fixed location. Fibre the whole way.


ouch, that sounds rather expensive... who would actually be able to afford this?





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TimA:
DjShadow: Can it be run on a non-vodafone broadband connection? :)


This would be a Point to point connection running this :) Probably dedicated bandwidth and fixed location. Fibre the whole way.


ouch, that sounds rather expensive... who would actually be able to afford this?


most medium to large businesses with a need for enhanced coverage.

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  Reply # 1059827 5-Jun-2014 14:13
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You'd be surprised.  Most medium to large (and some small with high bandwidth needs) have direct fiber access already.  So this is a really nice add on, also super smart way for Voda to capture business where they don't necessarily have good coverage.

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  Reply # 1059970 5-Jun-2014 18:31
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And possibly offset by VF churning SME's connections ... AKA win/win 




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  Reply # 1060007 5-Jun-2014 19:17
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This isn't just about providing a femtocell type product for business - small cells are the future of mobile networks. The only way to provide capacity as we move towards a data hungry LTE world is lots of these around.

While they may simply be a target for business now they will ultimately be how coverage is provided in dense environments for a fraction of the cost of traditional cellsites.

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  Reply # 1060009 5-Jun-2014 19:23
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These sound awesome!
Like sbibble said, having more of these round will create better coverage and performance for everyone 




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  Reply # 1060111 5-Jun-2014 21:49
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I hear Biddle Corp Manor has one on order.




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