The campus is the first in the nation to receive an outdoor deployment of this technology. The recently installed small cell units improve 4G LTE coverage in high-traffic areas and hard-to-reach locations. Verizon Wireless customers on Spencer Hill campus can expect to see improvement in both data performance and indoor coverage.
Small cells are part of Verizon Wireless' strategy to stay ahead of the growing demand for mobile data, which Cisco predicts will increase 18-fold between 2011 and 2016. With demand increasing, staying ahead by increasing capacity becomes vital. One solution is the installation of small cell technology in high-usage areas. In addition to college campuses, Verizon Wireless plans to use small cells to improve coverage in heavily trafficked venues including malls, business districts, and stadiums.
Small cells are smaller than conventional cell towers, ranging in size from a cooler to a small fridge, and cover a smaller area. By strategically placing these small units, Verizon Wireless is able to enhance its coverage in select areas within its existing coverage footprint. Small cells as currently deployed by Verizon Wireless improve data transmission (texting, email, web browsing) for its customers, or other wireless users who roam on the Verizon Wireless network.
For more information on Verizon’s small cell technology, visit verizonwireless.com/news/article/2013/05/4G-LTE-network-small-cells.html.