Small cells explained:

Metrocells, Femtocells, Cell Spots & Network Extenders

"Small Cells" are a class of devices that act as mini cell towers. Different carriers have different names for these devices: AT&T calls them Metrocells, Verizon calls them Enterprise LTE Network Extenders, while T-Mobile calls them Cellspots.

No matter what they're called, the the technology is the same. Unlike an Active or Passive Distributed Antenna System (DAS), Small Cells don't require a signal source to connect back to the macro cell network. Instead, they generate their own cellular signals and communicate back to the service provider over a broadband internet connection.

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Advantages of a Small Cell coverage solution:

Fast deployments

Small cells can be brought online quickly thanks to streamlined provisioning in coordination with carriers.

No donor signal requires

Unlike with a Passive DAS system, Small Cells work even if you have no outdoor signal at all.

Easily upgradable

As Small Cell technology and the underlying cellular technology advances it's easy to upgrade your hardware and stay ahead of the latest changes.

Contact our signal experts to find out if Small Cells are right for your application.

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