Thursday, November 5, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Announces Commercial Shipment of New Small Cell

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that its residential multi-standard small cell devices have commenced commercial deployment.

The units, which were developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and use a single chipset to support both 3G and LTE, will allow operators to extend superior 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and coverage into homes, substantially enhancing the in-home voice and data wireless experience via mobile devices.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell (MSHC) voice (VoLTE) and LTE data services while also providing support for 3G-based devices.

T-Mobile Launches 4G LTE CellSpot

T-Mobile is introducing a residential small cell for providing LTE coverage inside a home.

The T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot delivers a 4G LTE signal for customers with or without an indoor cellular signal on compatible 3G, 4G and LTE handsets for up to 16 callers at one time anywhere a customer has broadband Internet and T-Mobile wireless spectrum. The customer must provide the location address and acknowledge 9-1-1 limitations. The device is free for customers on T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan.

“Where the T-Mobile Wi-Fi CellSpot’s like a T-Mobile tower, this new 4G LTE CellSpot is a T-Mobile mini-tower—and it’s a huge feat of engineering,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The big difference between us and the carriers is that they’ll do absolutely everything they can to bleed you dry. We’ll do absolutely everything we can and use every proven technology available to give you the best coverage possible.”