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Small Cells Offer New Tech Opportunity in Airports, Other Indoor Spaces
December 07, 2012
By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor
Airports attract lots of people who need to communicate for business or personal reasons.
Ubiquisys has announced that its GM7 multi-mode cell for indoor public spaces will be deployed in small cell programs. It can be used in stores, malls, and transport hubs, such as airports.
The new cell supports 4G LTE, 3G-HSPA+ and Wi-Fi. The GM7 has been successfully tested in indoor locations in South Korea and Japan. Also, the GM7 uses the Texas Instruments (News - Alert) TMS320TCI6614 chipset.
In the past, outdoor models have led to problems with site acquisition, backhaul and power. But there are benefits with the indoor option. For instance, more than 70 percent of mobile data is used indoors and has IP backhaul and sufficient power. Indoors also provides 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," Chris Gilbert (News - Alert), CEO of Ubiquisys, said in a recent statement.
"Indoor small cells have clear technical and economic advantages, provide a natural integration point with Wi-Fi, 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."
Also, indoors is where small cells provide the lowest total cost of ownership. "We recently conducted a study into the total cost of ownership (TCO), for serving mobile data to indoor public spaces, comparing indoor small cells, outdoor small cells and macro cells," Joe Madden, an analyst at Mobile Experts, said in the statement. "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."
Investors remain interested in Ubiquisys’s advances in small cells. Earlier this year, the company announced how it has raised $19 million from new investors and previous investors, according to TMCnet.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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