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Monday, August 22, 2011

Metro Cells and Capacity Demands


In an effort to meet rapidly growing capacity demands, mobile service providers (MSPs) are increasingly augmenting traditional macro expansion with network offloading solutions. It is predicted that small cells (femtocells) will account for a steadily increasing proportion of the offloaded traffic. Metro cells, the latest evolution in small cells, promise to be ideal for network offloading.
Not only do they provide greater coverage and capacity, but they are also owned and managed by the MSP, which simplifies the implementation of a network offloading solution. However, are metro cells cost effective? To answer this question, Alcatel-Lucent conducted a case study that compares the total cost of ownership of metro cells with a traditional macro expansion solution. This paper describes the case study and its results.



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