Mission-Critical Implications of Small Cells

By Tracy Ford

Small-cell technologies are becoming big business, as commercial wireless service providers deploy a variety of small-cell solutions to keep up with increased demand from end users to connect with each other and access content when they want, where they want and however they prefer. Smallcell deployments enable stronger cellular signals by targeting areas with spotty coverage, including inside buildings and large public venues, and will add data capacity to existing coverage areas. This is good news for the public-safety community in two ways — better 9-1-1 call connectivity from commercial networks, and small-cell
technologies likely will be deployed to enable public-safety network coverage as well.

This article originally appeared in RadioResource’s Mission Critical magazine in August 2014.