Industry Expert: Small Cells Will Complement Tower-Based Macrocells, Not Replace Them

Verizon plans to deploy 1,700 strands of fiber May 22, 2017

BOSTON—Last week Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam told attendees at an analysts' meeting that the company plans to deploy 1,700 strands of fiber in each cable it will use to support its combined wireline and wireless network in Boston, reports fiercewireless.com.

All four major U.S. operators have increasingly focused on small cells as they work to expand their networks. We reported in Radio Magazine on May 17 that AT&T recently asserted that “the tower model is unsustainable.” Sprint has reduced its capital spending over the last 18 months as it expands beyond traditional macrocells to smaller transmitters.  However, industry expert MoffetNathanson Research says that rather than being viewed as a competing strategy, small cells should be looked at as complementary way for operators to expand coverage and ramp up capacity alongside traditional towers. “That should assuage fears that investors may have about the tower segment,” according to the same article.

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